Visit FamilyCorner.com for tons of seasonal ideas!
quick link - go to our home page quick link - kid's crafts, family fun, printables, etc quick link - sign up for our free newsletter quick link - holiday crafts, recipes and ideas quick link - gardening, organizing, saving money, decorating and more quick link - our FunBook is filled with lots of quick ideas, tips and crafts quick link - join our bustling community of friendly members


Go Back   FamilyCorner.com Forums >

Parenting Issues Adoption, kids going to college, multiple children, step parenting, empty nesters, pregnancy issues and more. stay at home parents, working parents, so much to discuss here!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2005, 03:33 PM
Eight Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Posts: 88
Special Needs Children

Does anyone here have a special needs child? My daughter who is nine is ADHD, ODD and Bipolar. I would love to chat with some parents who are experiencing the same type of things I am.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-21-2005, 02:58 PM
angsharp's Avatar
Six Year Member
FamilyCorner Groupie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: God's country
Posts: 280
Hey Cheryl, I have a six year old son, that has ADHS and Bi-polar. He has had episodes since he was 18 months. I finally got him diagnosed last year about 4 weeks before school was out. I had felt that he was bipolar- I did quite a bit of research on the web and at the library.
My ex-husbands daughter was also diagnosed with bipolar about 3 years ago, and was in the hospital about 3 weeks. From talking with my ex and his parents about his grandfather (on his dad's side), I feel that it must be something that is in their family.

Jonah has been on meds for a little over two years, and has had several different ones. The only constant one has been Depakote. The others have been Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, and now Abilify. He is doing extremely well the the Depakote and Abilify. He still has episodes, but nothing like before. I have had to change doctors as I didn't feel like the first one I had really wanted to be bothered with him. He wasn't a child psychiatrist, but he does see children. I think he just didn't feel qualified, he did tell me that Jonah needed more specialized treatment than he was able to provide.
I have a female psych. now. I have to drive further, but for me, it's worth it. I also have an LCSW that I take Jonah to evrey other week.
I recently had a Functional Behavioral Assesment completed at school. I don't think that this "clinical psycologist" believes in early onset bipolar. I wasn't at all pleased with his report.Neither were his teachers. I'm glad that they don't believe he is a lost cause, because he is too smart to be as disturbed as the "specialist" said he was.
Well, I'll go for now. Send me a pm if you want, or we can talk here. Good luck and may God bless you! Hugs!!
__________________
there is no death; only a changing of worlds.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-21-2005, 03:02 PM
Eight Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Posts: 88
Thanks so much for responding. I have a Jason also but he is 15. Heather is as I said ADHD/ODD/Bipolar. She is presently on Concerta, Remeron and Risperdal. She has had episodes since birth and we have been through quite a bit.

Her psychiatrist said that she did not want to put her on Depakote cause it can cause polycystic ovaries. Since I have them I do not want to increase her chances of getting them.

I would love to talk with you further. I can be reached at
[Edited]


Edited by moderator. Personal information such as full name, e-mail address or snail mail address is not allowed in posts for security reasons. That information should be exchanged through PM's only.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-23-2005, 04:24 PM
Eight Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Posts: 88
Oh I am sorry I did not know we could not put our e-mail address in posts. I will try to remember that.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-24-2005, 05:09 PM
bluebird's Avatar
Assistant Moderator
FamilyCorner Postaholic
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 12,886
My son is 19, he is bi polar, cliniclial depression, ADHD and has serious heart problems. I also have a 14 dd who has serious food allergies and JRA. Our youngest son is 'normal' We home school. I have been praying for more mother's to talk to!
__________________
Don't stay were you are tolerated, go where you are celebrated!
https://aquasunrise.wordpress.com/
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-24-2005, 05:27 PM
Eight Year Member
FamilyCorner Admirer
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Posts: 88
Connie I can totally relate to when you say you wanted more mothers to talk to. I am sorry but I do not know what JRA is.

When you refer to your third child as "normal". Perhaps "average" would be more preferable. Please don't get offended or not talk to me for saying this.

What are the most difficult things you face with your children? With Heather it would be her episodes at school. She has fits to the point where the cops have been called, she has been suspended from school, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-25-2005, 08:04 AM
Member
FamilyCorner Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: PA
Posts: 5
Hello. My son is 13 and is Bipolar and has ADHD. He was diagnosed at the age of 6. He, too, has been through different meds. He is currently on Strattera, Concerta, Risperdal and Depakote. It is a good idea to find a good psychiatrist whom you trust and stick with them. I am very lucky to have a great psychiatrist for my son, who has been very supportive of him over the years. I had switched to another psych doctor a few years ago, because my husband's insurance changed. that was a big mistake. The new psychiatrist did not have the same interest in my son and it was virtually impossible to contact him when I had concerns. But I have since switched back. A site with good resources is http://www.bpkids.org/ It is the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation. If either of you want to chat, here or elsewhere, I am available. We have been through so much with this disorder and I am happy to share what we have learned along the way.

My son has been suspended several times over the years as well. Does Heather have an IEP or wrap-around service?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-25-2005, 09:31 AM
bluebird's Avatar
Assistant Moderator
FamilyCorner Postaholic
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 12,886
You must dislike the term 'normal' too! I never thought of saying 'average'. I will remember that. Really when it comes to my youngest, I can't think of words that describe him. He is slightly gifted... a 10 y o going on 40, is what he acts like.

We don't use a psychiatrist. We found a MD that specializes in mental health. She is the best doctor we have seen. She has done wonders with my dh and ds.

My 19 y o is out of high school... still living at home and doing nothing. The plan is for him to get a drivers license and a job this summer, then start some college classes in the fall.

A big problem right now is the satanic stuff he loves. Our church has lovenly told ds that he needs to get rid of the skulls and flames or there will be concenquences. Right now he runs the sound booth and he will lose that. Dh and I are with the church. He thinks he should have everything he wants.... his counselor doesn't think the satanic things are bad. Sometimes I just don't know what to do with this kid. Tuesday he followed me all over the house wanted attention 24/7. And he wonders why I get mad???
__________________
Don't stay were you are tolerated, go where you are celebrated!
https://aquasunrise.wordpress.com/
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-25-2005, 10:40 AM
Member
FamilyCorner Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: southeastern CT
Posts: 15
jumping in to the special needs discussion

We have more than one young person with special mental health needs and I think parent to parent support is so valuable. Parenting in this fast lane can be pretty consuming.

Our youngest is the most clinically involved [ age 17 ]. He has had a great deal of treatment, quite a bit of inpatient and outpatient. He is hospitalized currently and while we've been there before, it does not become routine, but at least I "know the ropes."

He was 8, in the midst of a lengthy hospitalization, when he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, an Autism spectrum disorder. Lots of kids fare well with this, but somehow he has gone over the edge, most likely due to co-morbid issues.

While it's important to develop your life outside of the special needs, it is helpful to know that there are others that you can do some sharing with.
__________________
Christine
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-25-2005, 12:11 PM
Lifestar's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Junkie
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: I'm in a New York State of Mind
Posts: 1,823
It's amazing that I came across this discussion now.. I just sat down at the computer to blow off some steam after a "session" of trying to get my 14 y/o DD to do some simple homework. She has been diagnosed recently with Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder NOS. She also self-injures when she is in crisis.. She has other health problems too.. JRA and ACM type -1. She is treated with depakote for the mood swings. (I'll have to research that polysistic ovary thing)

My problem is that I never know how to react in these situations.. Is it just an obstinant 14 y/o who doesn't want to do her homework? Or are these tears really an anxiety symptom, and then waht am I supposed to do???

She doesn't want to even try.. She has all these "I cant-isms" and would rather get a zero than a forty.. ( who says she's going to get a 40??) I know she has self-esteem issues ( especially when she's feeling down).. But I am stymied as a parent.

I honestly feel hostage to my fears about what is real and what isn't.. and wether what I do will make her worse.

AARRGGHH!!! I wish I could "make it all go away" for her.. I want to hug her and tell her she doesn't have to stress herself at all.. But then what happens after HS?


The real world is waiting, and if she can't handle Italian homework.. how will she handle life?
Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
10 Ways To Nurture Learning In Young Children ajrsmom Preschoolers & Kindergartners 1 02-14-2015 10:52 AM
Baby Mozart and Baby Beethoven (special edition) Amanda Movies & DVDs 2 09-03-2008 10:14 AM
A Very Special Snowflake Amanda Books for Children 0 09-02-2008 09:07 AM
Fire Prevention & Safety Activities barbszy Crafty Corner 2 03-24-2005 03:12 AM
Listen To The Cries Of The Children - A Poem JOSE Idle Chit Chat! 0 03-26-2003 02:59 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:17 AM.


Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

POPULAR AREAS OF FAMILYCORNER.COM

Our Family FunBook is packed full of ideas from parents just like you!

Our members say that they have never found a friendlier message board community than ours!

Our kid's craft section is filled with easy ideas for creative little minds.

We have tons of free printable coloring pages to keep your little ones happy.

We offer a wide variety of free newsletters delivered right to your inbox.

Our Household Hints & Tips have a wealth of information on cleaning, organizing, and more!
Go to the funbook Go to forums Go to kid's crafts Go to printables Go to newsletters Go to Hints & Tips

Home || Newsletters || Advertising || Terms of Use || Privacy || Services || Submissions || Contact Us || Media Opportunities || Link To Us || Shop || Feedback || Staff || e-Cards || Reminder Service



FamilyCorner.com® is sponsored in part by...




Visit our friends --> MomsMenu | Main Street Mom | She Knows | Baby University | Personal Fitness Zone | iChef.com

Copyright Notice | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use/Disclaimer