Trying to Teach a Six Year old with Bipolar What Personal Space Is

My son, Aedan, the middle child was diagnosed with a mood disorder last April and while they leaned towards bipolar I am uncertain if he truly has bipolar on his record for true diagnosis due to his age. Since bipolar runs in the family and he has always had the symptoms of that of my bipolar sister, I can honestly say he exhibits pretty much 100% of the symptoms of child bipolar. I don’t know if being bipolar is part of his issue with respecting personal space or if it’s just unique to him, but trying to teach him about […]

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Journey with Mood Disorder/Bipolar – Fighting For My Kids

Since my last blog post on the weight gain with risperidal that has worked well for Aj’s bipolar/mood disorder diagnosis there has been some changes.  For one, it dawned on me that the medication Aj takes to help keep his moods steady also brings on weight gain, therefore one would safely assume there is a contradiction between this medication. For one, risperidal is somewhat based on height and weight of the child for dosing, but at the same time Aj gains significant weight on this medication due to the increased appetite side effect from risperidal. Make sense?! I think not. […]

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My Son Will Not Live That Life

Ever since my five year old son was born I knew something was different about him, but I swore it was only because I felt not ready to be a mom. Honestly, I had zero interest in being a mother again but I was pregnant and about to have another child. I blamed myself for so long and to this day I sometimes am caught blaming myself for the way Aj is, but I have been reassured that my feelings of not wanting a baby, these internal feelings, are not the cause for who my child is. I am not […]

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It’s Frustrating When Your Child, or You Are “Different”

I honestly hate the word different as it is pertains to defining any human being, I prefer the word unique because every person is unique in their own way. If you have kept up with the What Would you Do Show on ABC, then you know they seek out various situations and try to see what other people would do. It’s amazing to see the judgements, the non judgements and how people truly respond to various situations. One episode showed a girl with a stutter working at a local ice cream type shop, waiting on customers, but she struggled with […]

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Overcoming Your Self Doubt and Increasing Happiness Part 2

The list you made yesterday will serve you power to move forward in increasing happiness and removing self doubt. Here is a quote to help uplift you and assist in getting you a higher form of self: Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential. –Winston Churchill All too often people who have lived with self doubt for a long period of time do not feel that they have the strength to move forward, to pick themselves up and start over again with a whole new attitude. What many people do not realize is that […]

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Many Get Depressed During Holiday Season

I never understood fully why some people suffer from higher levels of depression during the holiday season until I had three kids. I am a happy go lucky sort of person but I too struggle with low levels of depression from time to time, however I am also one who uses my resources to rise above the feelings and move forward quickly doing depression research online. Depression is a serious illness that affects numerous people but there is help and there is hope. From an online atmosphere such as a depression forum to a local meeting with a counselor or […]

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Being Five with a Mood Disorder #bipolar #health #parenting

It’s so much fun when I am out in public with my son Aj and he is in one of his bad mood days, really it is. Most parents look at me as if I have an out of control bad child when in all reality I have a child who has a mood disorder. Currently Aj sits on a waiting list to see a pediatric psychiatrist and while we wait, the mood fluctuations don’t change. Clearly the mood changes wouldn’t change without the correct medication because bipolar or a similar mood disorder can not be controlled due to a […]

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Sometimes I Just Wanna …

Throw in the towel, climb back in bed and just sleep all day long. Yes depression affects me, I get depressed! Even happy go lucky people with a positive attitude can have their days or for me it’s usually a few moments. Lately there is a high level of stress being piled on top of my plate this is not due to anything more than financial struggles, which is something we all face from time to time if not all the time. For me it’s a time to time matter of fact of life that every once in a while […]

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Unconditionally, Forever and Always

With finances being short and many losing their jobs, it may be hard to think positive thoughts.  Each day we work hard to support our family, whether you are a work at home professional or a machine shop worker, you work hard to make sure your family has food on the table and the bills are paid.  The economy is in a rough place and as we find the cost of living rising we also find the pay increases remaining the same if not lowering.  Of course I was not around during the depression but I have watched many shows […]

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