On Monday we had a follow up psychiatrist appointment. Its hard to believe but it has been 3 weeks since we first seen this new doctor and got our new diagnosis! There have been great changes in our lives since this new medication finally started to work. It's like a completely different child that I'm dealing with now. In school he's doing better, he's handling everything that he wasn't handling before better. We still have our bumps in the road, don't get me wrong, but things are turning around. Not only is he on a medication that is making him a happier child, I'm now on a path to understand his illness better. For the last 3 years I've been focusing on ADHD, now I have to refocus on Bipolar Disorder. Now that I have a new set of books to read, its all making sense. Why the "stratagies" and "techniques" for helping and working with ADHD kids didn't work with mine. Why some of the things my kid was dealing with, other ADHD/ODD kids weren't dealing with. It all makes sense now!
Now with the bigger picture in mind, we talked about the future. She gave me a glimmer of hope! She was telling me about recent studies and their findings. She said that if children are treated at a young age with the correct medication and treatments that it is actually changing the patterns in which their brains work. Changing them to a more "normal" brain state. She said that they are finding that the brain stops changing and growing at about age 25. I'm not doing this any justice with the technical terms at all but with the medication helping for so many years, it changes the brain, for the better, that the people in these recent studies are able to go off medication( or stay on a much lesser dose) at about 25 years old..When she told me this I was so excited! It means that we might not face a lifetime of pills. There is hope that he will get "better" not, cured, but better!! That makes me happy. But for right now, we will focus on right now and our near future and stick to the many pills we take in a day. I'm attaching a picture of the pills he takes, just at night. He takes a couple more in the morning.
That is 6 and a half pills if you can't see it...But we will get through! There is a light at the end of our tunnel! No matter how long that tunnel is!