As a parent of a child with a MI, I think they should know. Sometimes the herbal approach doesn't work and things can escalate quickly. It's important to observe daily and look beyond obvious indicators like behaviors to speech patterns and escalations of higher than "normal" bouts of ODD (They indicate mania).
I'd recommend having them take part in their care plan. DS1 went thru a spell when he did require hospitalization and part of his care plan is to include a mood diary. It's helped to track the span of his episodes and helped him to stay vigilant in using coping tactics to get through them.
I would also recommend a therapist who can work directly with your daughter in learning the necessary coping tactics to get through bad episodes - both manic and depression. In addition, they can help you as a family develop an emergency care plan which can help you in times of crisis.
For me, each day is a small triumph. We've all been through and are still going through so very much. I've got multiple dx from the mental to the physical, and I am sure with the gaining of REAL insurance, I will resolve the other physical issues that are nagging at me. Each day presents its own challenges - that is life. I may struggle to get through them, but I get through them. And getting through at least one thing each day is a triumph. For a long time, I let that dx define me, but I've grown past that. I have a future, and it is promising.
I have 2 beautiful boys, a preteen and teenager, whom I'm working at rebuilding a relationship with after that tremendous crash. I have a step-daughter to be with a grandchild on the way to look forward towards. I have a wonderful man who stands at my side through the worst and the best whom I am planning to marry later this year. I'm rebuilding my relationship with my crazy mom and her long time significant other. I've built a wonderful support network of friends, rt and here. Life is slowly coming together with a lot of work and determination, but most of all, a positive outlook.
Life is good. And I need to remember that more in my dark moments. Thank you for asking about triumphs. Sometimes we forget to celebrate even the small stuff. We all need reminders like this, I think!View Thread
Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson