BiPolar suspected in 13 yr old son

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 6/23/2006 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am a member on the Lymes disease site for my and daughters chronic lyme and her autism and breast cancer site due to my mom. My new agenda is finding out about bipolar children as the pychiatrist believes my 13 yr old step son has many symptoms. I did some research online and sounds alot like him! I decided to join here for insight on real experiences! I have been raising him for 5 years. His mother was a crack addict and he has seen ALOT. At first I had hoped that a stable home and love and guidance would be all he needs. My husband was not aware of his ex wifes addiction and promiscuity problems but she used my step son as a co dependant making him guard her secrets. Well as you can imagine he has many disapline problems and major direspect for woman. Habitual liar, steals, argues the most simple request or even facts. Has caused us major problems with wishing to be viewed as a victim. Making up stories that Ive tried to stab him or beat him and actually makes himself bloody and puts marks on himself for people to ask what happened. I am so afraid of someone calling child servives and taking all the kids (My daughter who is autistic is 10 and my step daughter is 8) His full sister who is perfectly well adjusted>
The house is full of turmoil surrounding him as I have read those of you who have children with this illness full well understand! He will do anything in his power to get his way. He has no sense of normal instinct or common knowledge Example doesnt know to not take rides from strangers and speaks to everyone (all ages and genders as is a peer) we have had problems with him hurting younger kids I dont think purposely well I hope ,just that he doesnt understand their limitations! Well I could go on forever but of course there is a crisis going on in other room! I just want to thank everyone for sharing their stories as it has helped me not feel alone in this. (I have had to start counceling myself just to get through everyday! Thanks NIa

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/23/2006 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Im sorry I cannot answer your question to any degree.But I would be SURE to have his Pdoc record all of her thoughts and your experiences for the future should it be needed.I would hate to have your kids at risk, if he is saying things about youHopefully some meds could help him?

Huggs to you.

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Date Joined Aug 2004
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   Posted 8/21/2006 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Man do I hear you! I have a 17 year old Bipolar son who has many of the same traits as your step son. I wish MORE PARENTS OF BIPLOAR TEENS would come out of the woodwork on this site!! It's AWFULLY lonely in this lot! It is such a difficult cross for a mom to bare!

I read a lot of the posts here and often they sound so "hopeful" as compaired to the kaos we live in! I rarely see light at the end of the tunnel. But when I do it brightens my whole day! And then it's back to reality, whatever that is, LOL. IT'S A NIGHTMARE WHEN YOU'RE NOT IN CONTROL AND YOU KNOW (MORE OR LESS) WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND THE PERSON IN CONTROL IS A BIPOLAR, IMMATURE TEENAGER!

LORD, love hurts... it really does.

My son is 17 and has been Bipolar for almost a year. I'm a single mom and I've worked HARD to afford a private Christian school for all 3 of my kids. (Matt's my youngest) And he got kicked out for being "disruptive". Right now he's at his first day of public school and he's already made "enemies" and I'm TERRIFIED for him!! (he "met" them when he "crashed" football practice) He told me he "talked" them out of beating him up!! Other times he wasn't so lucky. This is his Senior year and he's going to spend it with strangers who want to beat him to a pulp. It breaks my heart...sigh...

He was the sweetest kid before he got sick. And now he's fighting and doing other things too.

I MISS "HIM" SO MUCH! He's the same person, but he's not the same person...

And I have NO idea where the future will take him or US for that matter. My faith is so small right now...I do not know what the future holds but YES I know who holds the future.

I just wish He let me in on more of it! Know what I mean, LOL

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 8/21/2006 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi NiaNJ,

Is there any evidence that the birth mother was using crack when she was pregnant with your son?  If so, that could also be contributing (or be the cause) of his behavioral problems. 

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