Everyday presents a new challenge with my son. He is 11 and has been diagnosed Bipolar for 1 yr. I have done my research and tried different approaches with him. Is there anyone out there who can tell me from their own experiences how they felt being a child with bipolar and how they wish their parents could connect with them? I wish I could take away all his worries and I am not sure how to help him adjust and understand this disorder.View Thread
I joined a support group with bpkids.org yesterday. I am also in CA. I really like his psychiatrist, but can't convince him to see a psychologist.
I think the biggest mistake my husband and I have made was thinking the meds would 100% solve his problems. We have recently been doing more homework and have a clearer and more realistic understanding of what BP is and how it will affect him for the rest of his life. We have also started discussing it more with John. Before, I didn't want to tell him too much fearing he may want to use it as a crutch. I think the more we educate ourselves, the better we can understand John and why he does some of the things he does. It can be exhausting, but I want what is best for John.