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Posted by: KLH | 2007/05/10

Bipolo

Hi there, please advise.
My ex- boyfriend has not been diagnosed with Bipolo, but he is very much in a dreamy state most of the time, very limited ambition and very self absorbed. We have a little girl of 4 yrs. She has developed a behavioural problem that will be assessed by a proper child Psychologist soon. Her learning ability is at 2yrs and 6 months. She is below average in speech. She has started speech therapy now. What are the chances that she may have Bipolo? Her father's mother was diagnosed with Bipolo. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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Dear KLM

It is very difficult to give an opinion with the the limited information provided, best will be to talk to the psychologist about this.

Regards, Maritha

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Posted by: Bi-Polar Sufferer | 2007/06/23

A psychiatrist should be consulted to ascertain whether your daughter has pi-polar depression (also known as "manic depression"), a condition which is known to have a genetic (hereditory) factor.

Such condition can exist in children and early diagnosis is important.

Fortunately, since January 2006, there is a drug available in South Africa, which controls the condition (for which, as yet, no cure has been found).

Much research is on-going, particularly in the UK and the States. With the advent of new knowledge in most fields of medicine, there is great hope for the future.

Bi-polar sufferers need the assistance of a supportive relationship, which you sound as if your are giving. Get as much knowledge of the condition as you can and it is important for the person with the disorder to know as much about the condition to assist in his or her own relationships.

Important: This is a condition which can be controlled with the correct medical practioner (clinically, psychiatric help is essential, in conjunction with phychological assistance).

The best of luck to you. You've made the first step by asking for help!

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