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March 30, 2005

Helping a Bipolar Child

There is an excellent and detailed story outlining the challenges that one family has faced in getting help for their bipolar daughter. Highly recommended for families with children diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

A Family's Painful Journey;
Quest for Help for Mentally Ill Md. Child Seemingly Has No End

"Dawn Rieck sat at the dining room table in her split-level house at Andrews Air Force Base, chain-smoking. She wore a distant yet acute expression, as if she were trying to read the wind.

...At that moment, her middle child, Jessica Marie Caughlin, 11, was not beating her 4-year-old brother or killing her big sister's hamster or cutting the goldfish in two. She was not threatening to stab her mother. The knives were all locked in the garage.

With this child, however, her mother is always anticipating the next disaster.

It's like that for many parents who are raising children with serious mental illness.

With nerves and budgets, jobs and marriages regularly strained, they are consumed in the struggle to care for their children. Some say they need help that neither private insurance nor the public health system comes close to covering."

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