I have an 11 year old daughter with bipolar disorder. She is currently on meds. The problem I am having is that when she has done something wrong and you try to stop her she immediatly goes on the defensive. She wont stop arguing and saying that she didnt do anything to even get a word in edgewise. Does anyone with or without bipolar have any suggestions? I love my daughter and have tried everything to get her help. I am just at my wits end and need some serious suggestions.
Don't really think that is a bipolar problem, I think it's a kid problem. My son and niece are both like that and they aren't bipolar, just stubborn.
Unless someone comes up with a reason why I would make sure she isn't allowed to argue. My niece and her mother do this constantly. Don't allow this in my house. They are allowed to state their case, if they don't lie about it, but no arguing.
It sounds like she is just really stubborn and does not like to lose an arguement. She is also at a tougher stage in her life (nearing puberty and teenage years)and she might feel differant from others her age becasue of her disorder. try talking to her about it. let her know that there are other people with disorders, she is not alone. bipolar is just like any other illness. it is a condition treated with medicine. explain that to her to.
Sounds like you are on the right track. I know it's hard when your child is sick and you want to just protect them, but she will really have to have a sense of boundaries and rules to grow up BP. It's hard when you hit a manic phase anyway, but if you haven't had set rules to live by and a good guidance system I think it lets you get even more out of control.
Be proud of yourself and know you are doing the right thing. Raising a child with BP is always going to be a challenge, but you are on the right track.
good question, crzychick. people are much more likely to take medication or give it than to take the time for some therapy. I know even I am tempted sometime to not have to "work" at anything like that. But I'd hate to go over the side effects with my adult children once they realized what they were. I would hope I had turned to every other avenue first. I don't envy you. That is a tough road to go down. But that also sounds like the 10, 12 and 14 year old girls in our family, who aren't on any meds and don't need to be.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.