She was student of the month

@Bytemi (1553)
United States
December 15, 2008 7:25pm CST
Well my daughter was Student of the Month, I received an e-mail last week telling me the good news. I was so proud of her. She improved her mannors this month, helped the teacher whenever possible and was a good student that listend and did what she was suppose to. Apparently for the last two day, she has lost her mind. She has spent the last two day (Friday and Today) fighting physically and verbally. She is sassing off to the teacher just being down right disrespectful. I took her to the doctor today for behavior issues, that center around her lack of food. They are testing her hypoglycemia, Thyroid Problems and Diabetes. The doctor said that if all the test come back negative that I need to take her to a phycstrist (OK I mangled the spelling sorry). How do you respond to that with a 4 almost 5 year old child? He father has Bipolar disorder that runs on his side of family but he is unwilling to consider that this maybe an issue. I feel totally lost, I don't know what to do.
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@vanonas (950)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Wow it does sound like it could be bipolar. You should tell that to the psychiatrist when you do take her. That's crazy, luckily there is medicine that can help. I'm glad she did get student of the month. That's a great achievement when you're young. I tried so hard every month when I was young to become student of the month in my class and I still remember when I finally got it, it was for most organized student. :) Good luck to you and your daughter.
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@Bytemi (1553)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Thank you, I am concerned about the bipolar thing and the thought of the medication used to treat it worries me even more. I have seen her husbands relatives that are taking the meds, it is not good, they are not all there. They always have a glaze in their eyes.
• United States
2 May 09
On behalf on those who ARE Bipolar I have to speak up. Its unfortunate yes, but the 'glaze' on your family members eyes you see is most likely the result of having doctors with no real experience dealing with those carrying this disorder, and if not that neither the time or patience. Every person does not take medications the same and with many it takes alot of tweaking to find that right balance--its your brain, come on--but what happens is you get alot of unfortunate sufferers who get dosages MUCH TOO large or quite simply the wrong meds. The patients probably fail to keep up with their doctors and stick with the wrong meds. I know its not fabulous because its your daughter but theirs a upside to this if your willing to learn as much about the condition as possible. SO MANY bipolar victims are not even diagnosed until their adults! I think the average is age 31 but luckily I found out at 25--it was no breath of fresh air but certainly better than walking around with this skeleton on your shoulder you can quite place your thumb on and reminder that your not like others. I think it would help for her to find something she is good at and enjoys doing to help process all that excess energy (as a result of the mania) because it can quickly lead to rage. Looking back Its chilling realizing that throughout grade and high school I was riding one nonstop rollercoaster of moods that changed AT LEAST 10 times a day, now can you sympathize? Nobody asks for it, nobody wants to be different--especially in this monotone society. AND, having mental illness does not marr her from a life of achievement--their is sooo many talented people in history with mental illness and the key was finding their own niche.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Well hopefully it has nothing to do with dad's bi-polar disorder but the reality is it very well could have. I would definately mentin it to the doctor she is going to now and the psychiatrist if sh goes there. As you probably already know there are a lot of medications thatcancontrol bi-polar disorder now. Th main thng is getting on it early. Good Luck and congratulations on her achievements!
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@Bytemi (1553)
• United States
16 Dec 08
He achievement was great, I just wish she had not lost it. She worked so hard for it and then lost it. I feel bad for her. As a Mom I want to jump up and down and scream you can't take it from her. But I also see where the school is coming from and can not fault them for it.
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@cindy2003 (196)
• Australia
16 Dec 08
Firstly, well done for your daughter for being student of the month. It does sound a little like bipolar. Not sure, but like you said, take her to a doctor to be sure. I do hope she's alright
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@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
11 Aug 09
Let me start by saying congratulation to your daughter. Try and help her keep up with the possitive attitude. I am not a doctor however I don't think medicating kids should be the first thing should be done. Its possible she is just seeking attention. Kids at that age do. Try spending some time with her. If she was student of the month, she can be a good girl. You can try rewarding her for good behavior. If it continues then get expert advice without medication. Good Luck.