Back in November 2013 I saw on the news the son of Senator Craig Deeds (VA) had stabbed his father multiple times and then killed himself. I don’t remember exactly when I read his son suffered from bipolar disease, but I do remember my first thought was a completely selfish one because it was about my child and our struggle with pediatric bipolar disorder.
When The Boy was first diagnosed two years ago I searched the web for support groups, specifically blogs written by other parents who had children with pediatric bp, anything that would help us figure out the puzzle that is our child. Our team of health professionals is great but I needed someone that could say, “We know exactly what you’re going through because we’re going through/have gone through the same thing and this is what helps(ed)” or lend a sympathetic shoulder for me to cry on when it felt like we were back to square one because, “I swear NOTHING we do seems to work!”
I’ve found some blogs but it’s not enough in my mind. There are many, many blogs out there about kids with ADHD and autism but not pediatric bp. This is why I titled this post the way I did. I know I’m not the only parent who has a child with pediatric bp or, as it’s now classified under DSM-V, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). I have no idea how many more families are out there but I want them to know I’m more than happy to lend a sympathetic ear because I know what you’re going through.
The two blogs that I’ve found are:
You can read more about the Deeds tragedy and Senator Deeds’ fight to change legislation in this link – http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2014/03/31/creigh-deeds-tells-sons-mental-health-horror-story