My daughter is Bi Polar

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eyesoffire30
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   Posted 7/17/2006 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
 After 8 years of treatment for ADD and depression my 14 yr old finally has been DX'ed...I have been pushing for this since I saw all the signs that my daughter was not just depressed, She would have extreme mood swings and it would take everyone around her down....We can tell her not to do something and she is ok with it but turns around and does it 2 seconds later...I have 10 children and she is the only one like this....Since Nov of last year she has been hospitalized 3 times and in partial 4...she was sexually abused 4 years ago and with her last partial which she has been out for 2 weeks came the dx of bi polar along with post traumatic stress disorder....She has gone to the extreme to acuse her twin brother of raping her last year and that is why we have the PTSD dx.....I made clear rules when she came to live with me 2 weeks ago after partial and one was she was not to touch any boy in this house...well she did it, we found out on Friday night that she has been holding hnads with her 14 yr old step brother, now 2 years ago she threw herself onto the oldest male child in the house, ended up with a hicky and then her dad (my ex) called children and youth....oh it was a mess......
I am sorry this is so long, I am so lost and don't know what to do, I tried searching for theraputic boarding homes in PA but there isn't any....We obviously can't keep her here, all I want is for her to get some help and in the state of PA they will not help her unless the parents sign their rights over to them, I love my daughter and I am not ready to give up, we just  need some intense therapy for her...any ideas on where I can get that......She is on Geodon and Zoloft
Thank  you
Jody
 They say laughter is the best medicine....then why are my pants wet, my gut sore and I am still laughing!!!


lazy
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   Posted 7/17/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Jody: My daughter is also bi polar (as am I). I wish she had been diagnosed at 14 - we didn't know what was wrong with her and our lives were hell. She is 32 now and is on multiple meds. I can tell you that it took a couple of years to get her on the right combo of meds. Its so hard to tell with teenagers because they are so over the top anyway. One of my daughter's main symptoms was acting out sexually. She would throw herself at anyone, usually strangers, which certainly put her in harm's way. Sounds like your daughter dpes need intensive psychiatric inpatient care which is where they put them on meds and they stay there until the get the right combo of meds. Then as outpatient they see their psych doc regularly in addition to counseling. Check into psych hospitals in your area. Even if she has to go to one in another part of the state it would be worth it. Health insurance should pay most of it or else she might could get Medicaid if she isn't already on it. Its worth a try. Good luck.

eyesoffire30
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   Posted 7/17/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lazy, I have been down that road too....I found that they keep her for a week and say her meds are right and then poof they send her home...I told them they need to keep her for a month or 2 to see her in a full cycle but nobody will listen...it is a shame too because when children and youth were involved they said they can see her becoming a preditor later in life....it ripes my heart out and mentally I am tired, I can't stay a step ahead of her to know what is coming next. I used to be able to tell when a episode was coming because she would clean the entire house in about 2 hours and then yell at the other kids if they made a mess...the manic part would follow in 2 days...Now I can't tell and with her not sleeping at night she scares me..

 They say laughter is the best medicine....then why are my pants wet, my gut sore and I am still laughing!!!


lazy
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   Posted 7/18/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it depends on the facility because in the past that's what would happen to my daughter and she would come home with the same problem (or worse) than when she went in. The last time she got baker acted they sent her to a different facility because of bed availability and for whatever reason, they kept her for 3 weeks and it was a blessing. I am really sorry you are having such a hard time and I will send positive thoughts your way. My mom used to say that kids step on your toes and then on your heart and that is so true. Is there a counselor she can go to? That seems to help in some situations. Please hang in and stay in touch.

Lazy
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