JBRF envisions that this listserv, a rapid peer consultation service for those on the front lines, will provide an efficient vehicle for members to learn and communicate about clinical experience, differential diagnosis, treatment outcomes, and adverse effects to medications.It is also the JBRF’s hope that pediatricians and family practitioners will join this forum as they are the ones who first see these children and, in many rural areas, they will have to oversee their treatment as there are no child psychiatrists to whom they can refer.This is the first online forum for physicians from around the world who treat or supervise the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
She wrote that: He was absolutely enamored of women. When I took him to our neighborhood ice cream store for an ice cream cone, he would invariably stand in line with a look of innocence, and reach up to a comfortable height for him and pat some woman’s bottom…..
And just as I had thought early on, he often seemed to me like a grown man in a toddler’s body. He groped, he hugged, he caressed, and who would expect a two-year-old of anything other than being cuddly? And when we went to a beach house we still rented then, he would cheerfully suggest we go down to the beach and “hug the ladies.” While most children possess some curiosity and interest in their body orifices, many of the parents we interviewed for this article described their children as intently keyed into body parts and talking about them all the time, especially during periods of instability.
He usually has his hands on me before I can pry him off.” We heard many stories of both boys and girls watching TV with their hands down their pants or little boys holding onto their penises for hours of the day or evening.
One mother wrote about her 6-year-old son: Hypersexuality is the most disturbing symptom for Matthew after the aggression and rages are gone, and it’s one of the last behaviors to go away as treatment is effective for him.
Past issues of this newsletter have focused on aggression, night terrors, separation anxiety, sensory integration problems, and other symptoms of early-onset bipolar disorder, but we feel it’s time to discuss a very common symptom of the illness — one that particularly affects and disturbs the families of the children, one that is rarely talked about, and one that leaves us all uncomfortable: hypersexuality.
Hypersexuality in children is rarely discussed about for two reasons: one is that (bipolar or not) sexuality in children is simply not spoken about in public; and the other, sadly, is that parents of hypersexual children are afraid to mention the subject — even over email.Parents of bipolar children fear losing custody of their children based on these suspicions of abuse.In the pages below, we’ll discuss the subject forthrightly — what it is, why it is, and how to deal with sensuous demands or behaviors in ways that are not punitive and shameful for the child.A little girl talked endlessly about her “butt,” and a three-year-old boy asked his mother to “rub his penis”.When in a silly, giddy mood one boy screams “Tickle me penis” over and over and breaks up laughing about it.Now, granted this is minor compared to two nights ago when he threatened to hit our privates so hard it hurt (as revenge for a simple “no”).