Originally Posted by Heavenly
And just so you know those of us in the midst of bipolar parenting were offended and upset by that frontline piece.
I didn't mention the program to offend anyone. As I said, there was a definite bias against BP in children and I kept that in mind as I read through the information presented. Having been struggling with DS and his problems for years and fighting the Pediatrican about ADHD and not putting him on Ritalin..We are also under the care of a DAN! Dr for DS and talk about bias in the medical community. I am well aware of the bias of Drs for and against conditions and medication.. But I'm sorry if my mentioning the program upset anyone.
|I don't know whether or not your child is bipolar. Is there a family history at all? How many of the symptoms of bipolar does your child have? What were the doctor's reasons for diagnosing bipolar?
We have no known history of Bipolar on either side of the family tree. There are some mental illnesses.. anxiety and depression. But nothing else.
If I look at the listing of characteristics on this site (and I don't know where else to look, so again.. if this is the wrong place.. I'm sorry..)http://bipolar.about.com/cs/kids_diag/a/red_flags4.htm
Separation Anxiety YES
Rages & Explosive Temper Tantrums (lasting up to several hours) Sometimes but never last more than a few minutes
Marked Irritability He is iritible.. but not an angry child.. he gets angry and iritible when anxious.
Oppositional Behavior Yes, but only to the extent that he'll be stubborn about doing what he is asked to.. like clean your room.. he isn't spiteful, malicious etc.
Frequent Mood Swings I don't feel that he has these..but I may be too close ot the problem to see the forest for the trees
Distractibility Yes, it increases when anxious or when his sensory cup is overflowing.
Hyperactivity Yes, it increases when anxious or when his sensory cup is overflowing.
Impulsivity Yes, it increases when anxious or when his sensory cup is overflowing.
Restlessness/ Fidgetiness Yes, it increases when anxious or when his sensory cup is overflowing.
Silliness, Goofiness, Giddiness Sometimes, but I thought all children his age were goofy at times..
Racing Thoughts Not that I can tell
Aggressive Behavior Yes, it increases when anxious or when his sensory cup is overflowing.
Grandiosity I didn't think so, his psychologist says he has this in his play..
Carbohydrate Cravings Not that I can tell
Risk-Taking Behaviors No
Depressed Mood Not that I can tell, he doesn't seem sad
Low Self-Esteem Yes
Difficulty Getting Up in the Morning He is often tired.But not from lack of sleep.. He goes to be by 8 pm and usually sleeps all night.
Social Anxiety Yes
Oversensitivity to Emotional or Environmental Triggers Yes, it increases when anxious or when his sensory cup is overflowing.
As far as the "common" red flags listed on that page.. he has the obsession (currently Star Wars) BUT he also has Asperger's
He is also bossy.. this relates to his social problems and anxiety