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My 6 y/o dd may be bi-polar (per her psychiatrist as well as the reading I have done). I would like to hear from anyone here who has a little one with this disorder. How did you know? What is treatment has worked? Anything would be great.
 

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I don't have any experience with bi-polar disorders but wanted say I hope you get your answers. I looked thru a few of my alternative health books and the only thing I found on bi-polar disorder was that sometimes reactions to chemicals in food like artificial colorings, preservatives, MSG, sugar, and caffeine can cause bi-polar and also ADD type symptoms.
 

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cathe... could you tell me the names of the books you looked in?<br>
I just signed on tonight to do some research on bipolar children. My mom's adopted son was diagnoised bipolar last year. He's only 3 yrs old now. My mom trusts the dr's. and is trying every psych med they want to put him on. I'm really worried about him.<br>
I've suggested some natural alternatives..... mostly just taking away kool-aid and soda. Which she lets him have freely everyday. He also eats lots of preservatives. But my mom is very resistant to anything "natural" especially if it means changing her eating habits.<br>
I'd like to recommend some alternative reading to my mom. She's having a really hard time right now and I feel like I need to do something to help her. I don't know a lot about mental illness... but I fear that bipolar is just the newest ~ism. It seems like so many people around me are being diagnoised with it right now.<br>
Like ADD a few years ago.<br><br>
angelsmama, I also want to wish you well in finding your answers. It's not easy! My mom is having such a hard time and none of the meds they've tried so far have helped at all. All they do is dope him up so he can sleep. If I come across any more positive information in my search, I will send it your way. Good luck with your little one.<br>
Just keep loving her... it's probably one of the best things you can do.
 

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I'm not sure which book I found the information in, but the ones I looked in were:<br><br>
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child<br>
Smart Medicine for Healtier Living<br>
Alternative Medicine: The definitive Guide
 

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Thank you for the info!<br>
I will post again if we come up with any good solutions. I'm trying to convience my mom to try taking him to a chiropracter. I've read that it helps high needs kids.<br>
We'll see.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 
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