She is now 11 yrs old and has gained so much weight it is really pittiful. I believe this is a mistake. I have no claim to her as I do get to see her. But cannot talk with Mom about the medication. Or she will take her away again. She had her committed because of fits she was pitching due to not being able to see us or her dad. HELP
I personally don't agree with diagnosing a child at the age of seven with something like bipolar disoder. But I'm no expert. Just my opinion. That being shared, if your grandaughter had symptoms of depression and mania that are affecting her ability to function then medication may be necessary. Many of the medicines used can affect weight, which in turn will affect the child's self esteem. Your grandaughter may benefit from some counseling to deal with the behavior problems and self esteem. Through the proper use of therapy she could reduce your medication needs and evetually lose the weight.
Just my thoughts,
Like Laurie I also do NOT agree with putting a child on meds for BPD!
Your grand daughter sounds as if she truly needs you for support. If she has gained weight this cannot be helping her feel well atall.
This is disturbing to say the least. I am so very sorry that your daughter had her committed for having tantrums over not being able to see you nor her father, that sounds pretty normal for a child to me. May I ask how long this child was in Hospital?
Also, does BPD run in your family, or have any genetic links? It does seem to be a genetic disorder, or so I've read. Do you know the name of the medication that her doctor has prescribed? Also the amount of meds?
I am so upset over your grand daughter's situation that I truly cannot even think of what to ask you, nor quite what to say...
You sound like a lovely Gran and I just pray that you are allowed to see her, for it does sound as if she needs someone in her corner to help her out a bit.
Best wishes to you and your family. Please come back here for support for yourself debi, you also may need some people to just listen or be a sounding board/shoulder to cry on.
I feel for you with the situation you are in,i cant add anymore than what Laurie and Sweet suggested-they said it all..
It is hard to see how a doctor can diagnose a 7yr old with bipolar.
You seem a lovely kind/caring gran and Your grandaughter is lucky to have you.i feel for you been so helpless when it comes to your grandaughter and i am sorry i cant give you the advice you are looking for,but just wanted you to know we are here for you when and if you want to talk like Sweet said.
Take care,i hope her mum sees sense and will listen to what you have to say,what you are saying is reasonable,she should not have had her commited becoz of her missing you and her dad,her mum needs to be reasonable and see that her daughter needs you and her dad in her life.
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