Wednesday, November 20, 2013

During My Absence



I have struggled as to what to say and how much to share, but I also know at the same time many of my followers have also followed along as we have moved forward with understanding Selena. I am not going to share everything since much of it is very private, and that would in no way be fair to Selena.

We have had many concerns about different things with Selena since she was 3 years old. Some things could be considered age appropriate, though at times these concerns went beyond age appropriate. As she has grown and gotten older some concerns faded to be nothing, while some have become more problematic. Over the past couple weeks things escalated to a fearful state and it was time for reevaluations to be done. I must say it has been a rough time traveling upwards toward 3 times a week to specialists and doctors. We have come along way and understand this will be a life time battle for her.

So here is what we know so far:

  1. ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)
  2. Anxiety Disorder
  3. OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  4. ADD
  5. Mood Disorder (Bipolar)

It has been a rollercoaster in our home from and very scary at times. While I do not promote the use of certain medications in children this age, I also know sometimes we just have to weigh the risks and benefits. Things here got so intense that we had to give in and allow the psychiatrist to prescribe a mood stabilizer.

Thank you to all who have been supportive.

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  1. I am so sorry Debbie. It must be so hard to see your child struggle so much and not be able to break through. I hope the meds will work, and you will have your Sunshine back.

  2. We are in the same boat as you are with James.

  3. Wow, it's so hard to compromise ideals, but way to go. It's great you made her mental health the priority. Her brain probably needs the extra help of medication. I'm sure it will take some fiddling with prescriptions, of course - it seems like everyone responds to mood stabilizers differently.

  4. I'm praying for you, because I don't really know of anything I can do to help beyond that.

    If you ever have time you might consider reading "The Holistic Homeschooler," her daughter (actually I think both of them) are bipolar and have a few other things special needs. She might give you some help to deal with it: