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    Does anyone have any experiance with the bi-polar spectrum?? My oldest son is 12, and hi has had problems with deppression but his mood stability seems to be getting worse. I have a low grade mood disorder but with kids it is so much different, and we are having so many problems with Dr.s right now. If any one has so info, web site, anything that might be helpfull. I would appreciate it.

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    TS+Bi-Polar

    Hi and I am so glad you found your way back to us.

    There is lots of info out there but I would suggest you start in familiar territory. Check out this site by Dr. Leslie Packer who is a friend of the TSFC. She discusses the associated disorders and may have something that will help you.
    Janet

    TSFC Homepage

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    • #3
      TS+Bi-Polar

      In our case with the anxiety/depressions my son had experienced they have considered three times the bi-polar road when diagnosing his TS+. Age 7, 10, 12.

      When a child has TS+ they can have issues with acceptance of themselves and how they behave. They tend to have shorter tolerance levels then others so all of this can be wrapped up in the same bundle.

      In our case Bi-polar was not the case but he does have anxiety and getting the help he needed and providing the support necessary relieved the depression issues once he was more comfortable with himself and better understood his disorders and how others reacted.

      In our case with depression can come the outbursts and assertive behaviors reacting to the battle from within.

      Self esteem plays a big role in dealing with the package for any child at any age. You will find posts on this forum relating to younger children feeling something was wrong with them because they did not fit in or act like others. They must feel good about themselves and understand they are alright and it is OK to be different and they are not to blame, that they were just born with it.

      I hope you draw on some of the resources suggested in earlier posts and things begin to balance out for your family.
      PJK

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      • #4
        TS+Bi-Polar

        Hola!! *waving*

        http://www.patientcenters.com/bipolar/

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        • #5
          TS+Bi-Polar

          i saw the word bipolar and it jumped out at me. I have alot of experience in that area... both of my sons have bipolar and i am have it as well. I am also in the process i'm writing a book called the ramblings of my bipolar mind, literally everything from journals, personal stories, poems and ramblings...everything from my own life experience.

          My oldest was diagnosed at 5 1/2 and my youngest at 2 1/2... usually this is unheard of but there is ALOT of family history. This is extremely important when making a diagnosis. Alot of the time there isnt even diagnosis's IN your family... however there maybe alot of alcohol/ substance abuse? or symptoms... write it ALL down!!! This is vital to a psychiatrist in making a diagnosis. I would also start by making a journal of your son's moods ( there are example of mood charts on the links below) and taking it to a reputable child psychiatrist that SPECIALIZES in early onset bipolar.. not all of them do. Alot of the time Bipolar is misdiagnosed as adhd.. and unfortunately stimulants activate bipolars and send them into " mania". Alot of pyschiatrists will find out if a child is bipolar by doing this.. Or alot of the time you will get the " bad parenting" diagnosis.. never give up!!! Go to more then one or 2 drs if you have to!

          I suggest reading the book " the bipolar child" by Dr Demitri and Janice Papolos and the explosive child by Dr ross greene. I have yet to meet a fellow bipolar parent that has read the bipolar child and has NOT said OMG they are talking about MY CHILD!!! and the explosive child taught me soo many ways to parent bipolar chilldren differently...

          I have travelled down the bipolar road since i was 11 ( my on set of the illness) and parented bipolar children now for many years.. feel free to ask me anything... it has been an uphill battle at home, with meds at school but there is a light at the end of the tunnel... here are some great links i couldnt live without.

          http://www.bpinfo.net/forum/

          http://www.bpkids.org/site/PageServer

          http://www.starfishadvocacy.org

          http://www.bipolarchild.com/


          SU :D

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          • #6
            TS+Bi-Polar

            thanks for sharing Su
            Janet

            TSFC Homepage

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