As a parent, I’m using support resources for bipolar children since they best describe our life right now. From the moment I read “The Bipolar Child” by Demitri Papolos, I knew I’d found our “home base” since the children in this book seemed to best match our son, so much so, I felt like the book was about our family. This is pretty common since I’ve seen other “mood disorder” families participating on the child bipolar websites for support. Recently our therapist thought that he appeared to be bipolar and the psychiatrist is giving him bipolar meds, but neither want to give a final diagnosis since he is so young and it is so hard to tell what type of mood disorder he has.
So whether his mood disorder is finally diagnosed as Bipolar or Depression, we know that he will need medication, therapy and support either way. If you’re living this and have your own insight you want to share, I’m all ears!
I know that some close to me may be reading this blog and may be wondering what a mood disorder is, so here’s a definition from the Children’s Hospital Boston website: