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   Posted 4/25/2006 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a mother that is just about fed up with all the doctors and people that think they know everything. I need some help with this please. My daughter is 5 years old and She has seen so many doctors and all of them tell me something different. Now her pediatrician tells me that she is bipolor but she cant diagnos it or treat it but her psychitrist who i really cant stand and in the process of finding another one but she says she is only adhd and that she needs to be displined. which is just crazy. It comes to this the only reason why they will not diagnois her with bipolor is because there is one symptom i cant answer. The only symptom we are missing is the one that has to do with hypersexuality. Everyone keeps asking me if she does this and every time i ask them what it is or what am i looking for and the only thing they say is that signs would be more than age appropiate exploring. So i have been researching it and all i am finding is the very extreme signs of it that just make your stomache sick. I am wondering if there is a much more milder side to this and if so what do i need to be watching for. I hope that someone can help me. I have started a diary on her about everything through out her day so that i can take it in and they can see if she has it. But i really want to know what the milder side to this is. You can either reply to this or you can email me straight at.
chrismom2152 at hotmail dot com
thanks for all your help.
kamryns mommie

Love and Hugs,
sharalynn, and the kyds

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   Posted 4/26/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell sharalynn,
I'm sorry you're having so many difficulties. I don't have a bipolar child and really have no idea what mild symptoms of bipolar in children are. It is my understanding that ADHD symptoms and bipolar can be quite similar though.
I do think that if you are unhappy with your daughters pdoc that you should certainly find another.
Hope someone pops up that can be more helpful.
Take care
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 5/1/2006 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Why do you think that she must be hypersexual to be diagnosed bipolar? The DSM-IV requires X out of Y in order to make the diagnosis, not X of X, or all of them. A 5 year old should not display hypersexuality, even if she had the worst case of bipolar disorder. To a large degree, people learn about sex from other people (though there is some innate understanding), and for a 5 year old to exhibit something that could be considered hypersexual would be more indicative of child abuse than anything.

Was it a doctor who said that is the missing part of the diagnosis or possibly a misunderstanding from what you read online? I can't imagine a doctor saying that, well I can, but the doctor I imagine is a pretty crappy one.


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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 5/1/2006 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   


I totally agree with Hammilton.  There is no way that a 5 year old child can demonstrate hypersexuality on their own.  A child that age acting in that manner would be classic sexual abuse signs.  Sexual behavior is something that is learned.  In adults, yes this would be a symptom, but not such a young person.  If I were you and I was being told this, I would go ballistic on that doctor.  What is he/she thinking?  I am curious though, what are the exact symptoms your daughter is displaying?  Perhaps you could get better advice if you shared them.

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