mommom, I am also a mom to a BP. My son was dx'ed at 8 1/2, and is now 14. The sooner intervention occurs for these kids the better on both an emotional and social level. Your job as mom is to work with the pdoc and therapists, and ALWAYS speak up on behalf of your child. Do not hesitate to speak your mind. However, ensure that you do it responsibly or you will loose the ear of the people supporting both your child and you.
You did not do anything to make your child this way, any more than a mother who discovers her child is diabetic. Guilt will serve nothing but prevent you for staying focused on what is best for your child.
I only have a moment, or I would write more...but just know your job is to work with the TOP pdoc around on your child's behalf. Ensure he/they are very versed on this condition in children vs. just adults. It does make a difference. Plus, if your child is also ADHD, it is better to learn of the BP now, as the medication has to be handled differently than if it is just ADHD or it could be bad for your child. SO...the fact that they caught it now...ALL the better for your son.
My son is now 14, and doing okay. We just all have to stay conscious and focused on his wellness. We are all part of his wellness team. Best of luck to you and your family. LFW
Post Edited (loving frustrated wife) : 5/18/2008 9:39:40 PM (GMT-6)