I am so sorry to hear about your loss! Dealing with a bipolar child is difficult. I have 2. My son was diagnosed 2 1/2 yrs ago at age 10 and now my daughter at age 14. She is the one I am having the most difficulty with. I do not remember a time when life has been "normal". Lately it seems that every day is a constant battle of emotions. Traditional discipline measures never work and as a parent you have to learn to pick your battles. I have found that counseling helps - for everyone!! If it wasn't for that - I would probably be a total mess. A good counselor can help you cope with all that you are going through. We do not have to do this alone!!
Help - I am having difficulty disciplining my bipolar teen. She is 14 years old and currently in a mixed manic cycle. Her impulsive behavior is jeopardizing her safety and I am unsure how to handle this situation. We have been working very closely with her psychiatrist to adjust medications, as we have yet to find the right combination. She also sees a counselor weekly, which seems to be going well. At this point, she does not feel rules are made for her and that she does not have to abide by them. I cannot keep her locked in her room - although sometimes I would like to. She frequently leaves the house "to go walking" and does not come back for hours. Luckily, we live in a very small town so she has been unable to venture far. However, just recently, she has found someone with a vehicle and has traveled outside our town. I am afraid for her safety. She refuses to tell me where she goes or who she is with. I stay up late, take off from work, track her phone, etc. to try to find out where she is or find the people she is hanging out with. I have even called the police department multiple times, but that has yet to help. She has been hospitalized in an acute care psychiatric facility 3 times and once in long term treatment facility in the past 18 months. As any parent of a bipolar child knows, traditional discipline measures do not help. I am in need of any advice someone may have that can help. I cannot allow her to just do as she pleases but I also cannot get her to abide by the rules. ......ready for any suggestions to keep her safe.View Thread
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