My daughter is 11 and was diagnosed bipolar a year ago. She was diagnosed ADHD about 8 years ago informally and 3 years ago formally. Also diagnosed recently as ODD. Right now she takes no meds at all.
My question is how to do you get a child help at school for this? Her teacher is a ditz, totally pays no attention whatsoever to these childrens needs. ( I see this teacher at ballgames and scouts with her own kids, and wonder how she manages a classroom).
She does see a therapist a couple times a month, but basically only working on anger management right now. She has a very hard time with math, and with staying focused in the classroom. Home is not too bad, I can isolate her here and help her, but in school she gets no help for it.
Also, is there a symptom of bipolar that is "hurting yourself"? Not cutting or something drastic, but whenever she gets into "trouble" (which is fairly often), while I'm trying to discuss the behavior, she goes into fits which include hitting herself in the head or clawing at her throat, and talking about how "stupid" she is, and how "bad" her life is.
Now, I have never called her stupid, I don't verbally abuse her, I don't "attack" her when she's in trouble.. all I do is attempt to get her to "see" where she went wrong and what she could've done different. But she cannot seem to handle any type of criticism or lectures. If I send her to her room angry, she destroys things, slams doors, kicks...etc. If I stand her in a corner away from the family, she slams her head into the wall and rants. If I sit her in a chair at the table with nothing to do ( my favorite consequence for naughty kids, I have four) she cries and sobs about how horrid her life is.
And really, to me, there is nothing horrible about her life. She plays ball, she gets the same priviledges as the other children, she gets as much attention and fun time as they do. I am thinking this is a defensive mechanism on her part?
Really, I guess I don't know what I'm thinking. Seems like everything I read about bipolar is drugs, drugs, drugs. Is it possible to handle her mix of conditions without medications?
Sorry I rambled.. getting late here.
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