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Hi, I'm Heather and I have an (almost) 16 year old with bipolar disorder. My daughter was first diagnosed when she was 5 and I am feeling TIRED - not of my daughter (although you might think that!) - it's "everyone else." If you're in the same boat - tell me - how do you stay motivated and how do you deal with the "stupid" people and the "know-it-alls?" Thanx!

Posted by: at 2011-11-15 08:05:22
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Hi Heather I have an 18 year old daughter with bi-polar disorder and I so understand being TIRED! My friend has coined a term I love GUA (givers of unsolicited advice). Interesting thing I have found is that the people that keep me motivated are people who walk a similar journey. I guess kind of like diabetes my mom is insulin dependent, a very close friend of mine is managed with diet and pills. He says he can't even begin to imagine how horrible it must be for my mom to have to pick her fingers day after day and inject herself day after day. So although a family may be raising a bi polar child unless the symptoms are somewhat the same even other parents who also raise a child with bi polar disorder have no idea. I find comfort from any family that gets it but am most motivated and encouraged by the families whose journey is most similar to mine. The people who don't get I try to educate but at some point if I've reached the point of emotional exhaustion of trying to explain over and over and over again I walk away. The emotional resources we have left after parenting our children are few I share them with the most deserving :-)
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