My daughter has Bi-polar and ADHD and we have a very hard time. Does anyone know if these conditions get better once they are about 18? She 12 now and has a alot of problems making friends, doing school and trying new things. I was just hoping that someone out there could tell me that this Might get better someday. Thanks
I can only answer for BPD.(bipolar disorder)
I am 42 Bipolar, and suffer from other conditions which are due to having bipolar disorder.
This condition has no cure, and one never grows out of it, she is in a very difficult age, where I believe it is very hard for her to come to terms of what she has, it took me a while to accept it and learnt to live with it.
Now, her being a young teenager, with this condition plus ADHD must be very hard for her, and she really needs a support network, her family ... you guys have to inform yourselves as much as you can so you can help her.
Now not all is bad, with BPD, if treated properly, she can lead a full productive life, the only issue here is her age, and sorry to say this, but with all due respect she might be using her conditions as an excuse for her behaviour, so you must be strong, this illness at such young age can affect you to the point that your husband and wife relationship can be severely damaged. You must both act as one and not contradict each other ( I am not saying you do) so in that sense you must be aware that certain mental conditions can destroy... it destroyed both of my marriages.
So getting back to your princess, I think you must be firm... but loving, strong and affectionate, use all the tools possible to get her back on track.
Medications, at this age , it is complex usually is a combo , meaning more than two meds, hopefully she will not, but she is already with the adhd.
In most cases BPD is tretead with atypical second generation antispychotics,antidepressants and in most cases benzodizepines but the benefits and side effects, I believe would be different for her than for me, you also need a good psyachiatrist ,at this age the trial periods of trying new medications I would not recommend it, you see before getting on the right medication , there is a miss and trial period, before getting her on the right medication, and , again she is very young.- And the last suggestion is a good therpist for her, you and as a family.-
I hope I have been of some help.-
I would love to tell you she will grow out of it but I'd be lying. I'm 50. It is an illness without a cure all you can do is try to control the symptoms and moods. My Dr told me to look at it like diabetes. I'ts there to stay and do all you can to live with it. At the beginning its real hard because you are treated like a lab rat. They have to find the right combonations that makes her life the best quality they can. Good Luck , Tige
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