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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“Sticking It Out” with Your Child’s Bipolar Journey

bp Magazine
September 17, 2018

Patience, persistence and getting her own talk therapy helps mom navigate daughter’s seven year journey with bipolar. Michelle* encourages other parents to stay strong and never give up. Tell us when you first noticed mood changes in your daughter. Our story began when my child became scared of storms at a young age. After becoming...

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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 just...

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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 kids 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 is...

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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 learning...

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What Parents of Kids with Bipolar Want the Public to Know

bp Magazine
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 son...

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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 your...

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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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‘When Kisses Don’t Make It Better’

bp Magazine
December 29, 2017

*Lesley has lived the heartbreak and hope of parenting her 13-year-old son, who has bipolar disorder; in the journey she found inspiration and now shares her story:   Tell us about your son’s diagnosis At six years old my son bounced from very deep depression to inappropriately hyper and having no regard for his personal...

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One Mom Balances “Fixing” and Accepting Daughter’s Bipolar Diagnosis

bp Magazine
November 27, 2017

Lucy* opens up about her family’s ‘scary and gut wrenching’ long road of emotional ups and downs in dealing with their teenage daughter’s bipolar disorder II.   Tell us about your daughter’s diagnosis… Growing up she had some signs of ADHD, but she was a very happy outgoing kid and a good athlete through school-age...

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A Single Mother’s Journey: A ‘Brave’ Teenage Daughter’s Bipolar Diagnosis

bp Magazine
September 22, 2017

The life-changing diagnosis of bipolar disorder for her teenage daughter saw this mother battling exhaustion, isolation and the medical system to care for her only child   Anna* has not seen much sleep this past year and has been unable to work, since her 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bipolar last fall. The single mother...

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Profiles in Parenting: Raising Children with Bipolar Disorder

Stephanie Stephens
April 7, 2017

Three families share lessons about parenting a teenager with bipolar, such as advocating with care providers and tools they used to help their child self-regulate. By Stephanie Stephens   Physical changes, social pressures, hormones on the march—it’s tough to be a teenager, or the parent of one. Faced with emotions that ricochet up and down...

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My Daughter’s Bipolar Diagnosis: ‘No One is Truly Alone or Helpless’

A Mom in NY State
November 6, 2015

If I had known then what I know now about parenting my child living with bipolar disorder, I would do things differently. By a mom in NY state   “You have no idea what goes on in my head!” It was true. I didn’t. But at the time, I let those words and others of...

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A Parents’ Story: Social Isolation and Bipolar

Felice M.
January 1, 2013

Felice and her husband did not choose to isolate themselves. It was a result of living with their daughter’s bipolar disorder.   I was invited to have dinner with friends this evening. I used to wish for this to happen and cry when it didn’t. Now I am sitting at my kitchen table, staring out...

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Our Family & Bipolar: Bound by Love, Determined to Help

Michelle Roberts
July 1, 2008

There are many challenges in raising a child with bipolar disorder but Cameron’s family is determined to continue searching and fighting for resources to help him. By Michelle Roberts   Kelly C. likes to joke that she and her husband, Mike, have “muddled through” more childhood phases than most parents ever see. The Indiana couple—parents...

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Kids & Bipolar: A Family Finds a “New Normal”

Michelle Roberts
January 1, 2008

Carol wants other families who are living with bipolar to know that “there is HOPE.” Compared to the chaos of their lives when her sons were not well, she says, “We live a fairly normal life.” By Michelle Roberts   The first night Carol held her new foster son, she sensed something was wrong. The...

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A Mom’s Story: Advocating For Two Sons With Bipolar

Michelle Roberts
August 21, 2007

A mom becomes the advocate for her children with bipolar disorder. By Michelle Roberts   A few years ago, Jessica O’Leary discovered a way to soothe her now 10-year-old son, Sean, when he has night terrors—a byproduct of his early-onset bipolar disorder. “I have him imagine that he has a paintbrush in his hand and...

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