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04/18/2010 10:45 AM

Why won't they listen? oops, I'm NEW, sorry!

NoMreW8nC
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Hello,

My name is Terri and like my profile says, I'm on a mission. My daughter is going to be 13 in a few months and I KNOW she's bipolar. Her therapist & doctor keep telling me she's not, it's just ADHD. Well I know a few people who's kids are ADHD/ADD and they don't act like my daughter. My step-daughter has every symptom of ADHD and doesn't act like my daughter, my daughter, Amanda, only has 2 ADHD symptoms but all of the BP II & Rapid Cycling...But I'm wrong..according to her therapist.

I'm hoping to connect with other parents going through this or even other tweens/teens who are currently going through this rough time and maybe share your stories with me. Thanks for your time.

Terri

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04/18/2010 11:29 AM
YorkieLove
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There is a Parents of Bipolars group here on MDJ. You might find better support there. If I were you, I'd take her to a new psych and just list her symptoms. Let them come to their own conclusion.

04/18/2010 11:36 AM
MissStacey
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Lisa beat me to the punch. I was going to tell you exactly what she just said. Wink

Good luck!


04/18/2010 07:14 PM
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04/19/2010 05:43 PM
jenigood1
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Welcome, Terri! Love your profile name!

My 21-year-old daughter Sara exhibits some Rapid Cycling bipolar symptoms, too: Periods of high energy that just exhaust me, then times when she'll sleep all day; irritability and a fast temper trigger...she said the pdocs (psychiatrists) in her Air Force Base told her it was just anger. I'm not sure I agree with them; she does have a lot of legitimate anger, having been raised by a bipolar mom and an abusive father, but that doesn't seem to explain the big ups and downs!

I'd look for a pdoc that specializes in bipolar and/or children and teens, and I'm also wondering if they've tried your daughter on any ADD meds? That's one way to tell, because if a stimulant med calms her down, she probably has ADD: if it "speeds" her up, she probably doesn't...but it's possible, even common, to have both, so an ADD diagnosis doesn't rule out bipolar.

Anyway, we're glad you're here!

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