Posted by KarenK on April 3, 2000, at 8:32:37
In reply to Re: Bipolar Family, posted by ChrisK on April 2, 2000, at 6:44:14
I have a 16 year old son that was diagnosed with bipolar. Before we went thru the maze of ADD, ADHD, depression, OCD. I have only put my son on meds off and on when his life became unmanageable. My ex-husband died when my son was 14. He was a substance abuser who was diagnosed over and over again as bipolar. I am a recovering alcoholic with GAD. My son had been going thru the drug gambit for the last 2 years.. depakote, neurontin, risperdal, seroquel, zyprexa, and finally lamictal which he tried this weekend and discontinued. I am at loose ends. He is at a small special ed school and yet he is still failing several subjects and has gained a 60 lbs. This is a kid who got straight A's until the loss of his father. Don't get me wrong. There were always social problems. His paternal uncles and grandparents have been very supportive. But sadly, sometimes medication is needed. It does feel like the search for the Holy Grail. I don't have any answers but my heart goes out to you.