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You know your daughter. Pay close attention and you'll pick up on the subtle cues that she's leaning one way or the other. My family never got particularly good with that, but my husband can read me like a book. He's noticed I have about a bimonthly cycle. And it's been pretty easy to tell when the tides are changing. As well as what triggers the change. Get into your daughter's head. Find out all her little pet peeves, I know those are the things that switch me on and off. Take a real interest into the activities she enjoys, and you'll notice when her mood shifts from them. Example: 2 months ago I hit a pretty big depressive phase for me which made me really lose interest in the things I love. Hubby decided for our date night we were going to hit up the gun range, something I usually love... I didn't fire off one shot. We adjusted my meds later that week when I saw my psychiatrist.

You're already doing great just by getting involved in her care and treatment.

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That is wonderful, perfect advise from a super smart person...keeping busy is so important....
great message!

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I think that you are a wonderful mom. I was diagnosed when I was 21. It runs in my family. I had a cousin that was bipolar. She was in a terrible wreck and was killed. The wreck severely injured 3 other people. My aunt is still dealing with that and helps me to deal with it too. I also have and aunt and her children that have it. Please be careful with the Lithium. It is so easy to go toxic. I think that the therapy is a great thing. They didn't have some of the great new medications when I was first diagnosed so she is very lucky that they now do. I take Lyrica for my fibromyalgia and it helps me with a whole host of other problems like migraines. I also keep a diary so that I can see where I was and where I am going. It is also good that I keep my mind busy so that I don't have time for the negative thoughts. It helps me alot. I guess that I have taken 5-10 courses and have certificates in them as well as 2 Associates degrees. I don't let my mind go idle as that is when the bad thoughs come in. I have worked in the medical field for 11 years. I didn't work until I first got married. Now I am on disability but am going to try to find a part time job as a medical coder. It is very important that she takes her medication every day so she will not slip into either a manic or depressed state. It will take a while to get her medications adjusted but it will come a day that she will get the right medications and stay in a "normal" state. I can't define normal as it is different for each of us. I have been married for 25 years come this August. I continue to take my medication as if I didn't you would not know me as I become a totally different person. My aunt started me a notebook a long time ago that has positive affirmations in it as well as a lot of other things. That helps me when I get down and out of sorts. It somehow brings me back up to where I belong. I like that you are bieng patient and understanding with her. There will be hard times but I know that both of you can weather through them. If I can be of any help please let me know.

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6/21/15 12:41 P

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it is so important to have a diagnosis and the medications to help...very important...its like being a diabetic...you have to know your highs and lows...
I would be careful with Lithium and make sure that blood levels are where they are supposed to be...it is a wonderful drug for Bipolar people, but it has its drawbacks...

I take Cymbalta for my MS pain and depression. I think it is an excellent drug...
I'm also Bipolar as is my first born...who sees a therapist...I think she is doing very well...

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Hi SEAGLASS1215 emoticon and emoticon to the team!!! What a wonderful, caring mother you are. Your daughter is soooooo lucky to have a parent who is proactive and has gotten the proper kind of help for your daughter at such a young age. She is very lucky indeed. My parents didn't get involved in my illness until I was in my very late 20's or early 30's and that was so much precious time lost. I kicked around for another ten years getting all kinds of diagnosis and went on and off different medications which didn't do any good until they finally settled on the proper bipolar diagnosis and specifically medicated me for that. Then, it took another three or four years to find the right bipolar meds for me. I tried lithium, but I had too many side effects for that to work and they finally settled on Depakote for me. Your daughter is also lucky because they have so many medications out there now that are so much more effective than some of the medications I had to try. Being bipolar still has a stigma attached to it, but it is not as bad as it was say ten years ago. It is much more acceptable to have a bipolar diagnosis now days. Keeping a daily journal will help her to document her triggers and episodes. I know that my journal has kept my head above water lots of times. Once well medicated the really bad episodes will become much better controlled. I rarely have a problem as long as I take my meds and I see my therapist on a regular basis. The combination of the two really work for me and I haven't had an episode of mania for over three years. My depression has reared its ugly head a few times, but the addition of Abilify to my medication regimen has pretty much quashed that. I live a relatively normal life with all of my anxiety, depressive and manic problems well controlled. You might want to check out a psychiatrist who practices CBT and DBT. They are both disciplines that will help your daughter cope with her disorder in a mindful manner. They are problem focused and action oriented to assist the client in seeking specific actions to help with their symptoms. CBT is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and DBT is Dialectical Behavior Therapy. They are designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful like self harm, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse to mention a few. They will help your daughter recognize unhelpful and harmful thoughts and behaviors and show her how to change that negative thinking into healthy ways of coping with such behaviors. You have gotten through the diagnosis, now it is just up to you to help her cope with her disorder. As stated, your daughter is very lucky to have you. I wish you great success with her treatment and I think that you are wonderful to have already dealt with the issue head on. If I can help you any further with information or moral support, just Sparkmail me. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Good morning....I'm joining this team for support as my daughter (17) was recently diagnosed as being on the bipolar spectrum....she did 1 week in a hospital, followed by 2 months of daily outpatient therapy and now we need to find a therapist she can see on a regular (less often) basis who can also monitor and adjust her meds as needed. She is on lithium, Cymbalta and Lamactil right now and seems fairly stable but of course, that can change in an instant. It's nice to finally have a diagnosis as she didn't quite fit being depressed and anxious. I'm hoping I can help her learn to recognize when she is staring to being manic or starting to slide into depression so we can maybe stop the self harm and inability to function before it takes hold.

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