Bipolar disorder and school is always an issue for my families.
My kids is fine in school! Can they really have bipolar disorder?
Many kids work so hard to keep it together at school, only to completely fall apart when they get home. I have heard professionals and families use that information as evidence that a child is not really bipolar. In my experience, most symptoms are first noticed by the primary caregiver; in fact they may be isolated to the primary caregiver. Often, later the symptoms of bipolar disorder are more noticed by the non primary parent, relatives and friends. Eventually the symptoms start spilling over into school. Symptoms of bipolar disorder and school don’t always follow this pattern but it is frequently the case.
If a child is doing well at school, and poorly at home it does not mean:
1) That he does not have bipolar disorder
2) That you are a bad parent
3) That he is in control of his behavior
Please understand that if your child is bipolar you don’t “just have problems as a parent”. Also, your child is not choosing to misbehave when they are around you because you are a bad parent. If anything your child trusts you enough to demonstrate that they are struggling.
Children exhibit challenges when the stress in their environment outweighs the skills they have. This is true across all diagnoses. So what does this mean?
Often children use all their energy up in school and have nothing left when they come home. Like all of us , they feel more comfortable to be themselves around those they are closest to. It's important to tap into gratitude that your child is doing well in school. Instead many parents use this as an opportunity to blame themselves.
Other children do not have the same success at school that they do at home. In these cases, the tips below should help.
Bipolar Disorder and School. How can I deal with a difficult teacher?
If your child has bipolar disorder, the teacher is extremely important.
Things to do:
Bipolar Disorder and School. How can I get the school to cooperate?
Everyone is an expert on your child, aren't they? You've already heard from your friends and family of all the things you are doing wrong! You don't need a teacher to tell you too. I have trouble working with schools, because I lose my temper at the ignorant things they teachers and administrators say. A teacher has no right making comments about a child’s medication regimen, or diagnosis because they are not qualified mental health professionals.
Things to do:
Bipolar Disorder and School-What can I do when dealing with a difficult school?
Remaining patient open and respectful when communicating with school officials is important.Your only focus should be on creating an environment within which your child can be the most successful.
Things to do:
Bipolar Disorder and School- How do I help my child?
Let your child know:
You believe their perceptions are true, and address them accordingly.
It's not their fault they struggle with an illness, but they are still accountable to communicate with you about their thoughts and feelings. Understanding what you child is thinking and feeling is often the key finding the solution to specific school problems.
Help your child to understand:
Bipolar disorder and school: What kind of accommodations?
Often accommodations for a bipolar child may consist of :
Also keep in mind the homeschooling option. Especially, if school has become a source of great stress adding to the depression or mood swings your child is experiencing. This can in some cases be an effective way to help your bipolar child learn. Homeschooling can help bipolar kids, who are often incredibly creative, to realize their full potential in a safe and sheltered environment.
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