|Q: Recognizing Signs of BP in Early Childhood
my daughter was diagnosed as being bipolar at the age of 17---tho now
when my husband and i look back, we now recognize that she's had this disorder
long before it was made clear that she has this. she went into a major
depression, and then eventually she had a manic episode. she's been diagnosed
my question is, is it possible to recognize signs in early childhood--even in
infants since my daughter stopped napping at 5 months, but was always active,
intense, and obsessive.
thank you in advance if you can help me understand more.
Try www.bpkids.org if you haven't been there
yet. The issue of how to diagnose in adolescents, let alone kids, let
alone infants, is very controversial -- crucial, but very tricky, as some
of what you can find on their site will show. See also http://www.bipolarchild.com
and their section on
lots of useful books for parents.
dr. phelps i just wrote you with a question, but i did not mention that she also
would cut herself, cut off half of her hair, use scissors or thumb tacks when in
depression. she is currently on celexa and tegratol, but, tho it allows her to
work, she is unable to concentrate at college. after 2 years of her getting no
where, she is now at home with her dad and me, and she sees a psychiatrist who
specializes in medication, and she also sees a phsycologist. i hope you
got my other question since this may not make sense!
Published June, 2001