Stories from Moms and Families with a Child or Teen with Bipolar

Personal stories, essays, advice and shared experiences from the families, moms, dads and siblings of children and teens with bipolar.

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What I Wish I Knew About Raising a Child With Mental Health Challenges

bp Magazine
July 20, 2018

As a parent looking back to the years of raising a child/teen with either bipolar, ADHD or anxiety, the following tips would’ve been helpful to know:   That education is essential Many parents looking back wish they had been more informed to the minutiae and particular symptoms of their child’s mental health challenges. Instead of...

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The Ultimate Guide for Parents of Kids With Mental Health Challenges

bp Magazine
July 20, 2018

These parents have gone through it—whether it’s raising children with bipolar, anxiety or ADHD—and they are offering up some words to the wise:   Acknowledge and accept “None of us signed up for this journey. I know I didn’t and neither did my son,” says one mother of a son with bipolar disorder. “However, it...

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When Your Child is Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
July 20, 2018

While there’s no handbook on how to cope with all the challenges, we asked parents who’ve lived through the diagnosis for their best coping strategies:   Make sleep a priority Adequate rest is important for the entire family! Explains one parent: “In the early years of my son’s journey, we tried many options and the...

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What Parents of Kids with Bipolar Want the Public to Know

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July 20, 2018

In a climate of stigma and unawareness, the right information matters; here are three things that parents of children with bipolar would like others to know:   Bipolar is not contagious! Bipolar is a brain-based disorder and has symptoms that are more powerful than normal moods that kids without bipolar experience. “There was nothing my...

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Top 10 Lessons Learned By Parents of Children With Mental Health Challenges

bp Magazine
July 20, 2018

Families are experts when it comes to helping kids who deal with bipolar, anxiety or ADHD challenges; so we’ve asked some parents to share what they learned along the way:   #1 Make your voice heard While it’s wise to trust the professionals, you may also have to speak up and intervene if you feel...

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Mom Shares Experience With Daughter After Her Own Bipolar Diagnosis

bp Magazine
July 2, 2018

With her daughter grown and stable, Lori* was hit with exhaustion, depression and a financial crisis leading to her own diagnosis at age 58. Q. What made you think there might be something amiss with your daughter? Looking back, my daughter came out of the womb as a difficult child. My first, and only child,...

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Mom Navigates Care for Son with Bipolar within Blended Family and Two Households

bp Magazine
June 4, 2018

While her son’s stability is complicated by a split family dynamic, Grace* is creating the best possible life for him, and for herself.   My son had his first ‘episode’—a psychotic break—the summer before 8th grade. At the time, we had no experience or knowledge of the terms psychotic break, bipolar, triggers, etc. All we...

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Mom Finds Relief When Her Child Is Finally Diagnosed with Bipolar

bp Magazine
May 3, 2018

After receiving inspiration from the stories of other parents who have children with bipolar disorder, *Jo is paying it forward by sharing her son’s journey.   When my son was four, he started having problems sleeping. We noticed he also liked to act overly silly, which would inevitably lead to an explosion several times a...

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Creating a ‘Community of Care’ for My Son

bp Magazine
March 5, 2018

*Lydia’s 16-year-old son was only 12 when diagnosed with pediatric bipolar; now with her faith and fortitude, she has found the strength in others who share similar struggles Please share with us a summary of your son’s story. Since the age of four, there was something different about the behavior of my youngest son *John....

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Mother Says Every Day Has To Be a ‘Day of Hope’

bp Magazine
January 29, 2018

As she perseveres and rejoices in the positive things she’s able to accomplish for her son with bipolar, *Katie knows there’s still “nothing like a mother’s love”   Describe your son as a teenager and what led you to seek help for him: My son was always a little different—he seemed to “see” more than...

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