Does your child go through intense mood changes? Does your child have extreme behavior changes? Does your child get much more excited and active than other kids his or her age?
Your child is going through the usual ups and downs of being a teenager. But then you begin to notice that their behavior is a bit more erratic than usual and seems to swing from extreme irritability to extreme sadness every few days. Read on to learn what symptoms to look for, how bipolar disorder is diagnosed, and how this mental health condition is treated.
B ipolar Disorder is a type of mood disorder. In Bipolar Disorder, people cycle between periods of Mania i. These cycles sometimes called episodes of Depression and Mania may be frequent daily or infrequent years apart.
Mania, or experiencing an elevated or high mood, is the primary characteristic of bipolar disorder. Someone having a manic episode may experience some of these feelings:     . Someone experiencing a manic episode may not realise anything is wrong. They may enjoy feeling so positive and full of energy and be irritable or angry with other people for questioning their behavior.
Since teens' first symptoms are often the same as someone suffering from unipolar depression, they are often mislabeled as depressed or suffering from anxiety. Many children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD are also misdiagnosed as bipolar, and vice versa — adding to the difficulty of getting early treatment. In addition, the hormonal fluctuations that often accompany adolescence can cause a pattern of behavior that's similar in nature to bipolar disorder.
The main symptoms of bipolar disorder are alternating episodes of depression and mania, and, sometimes, symptoms of psychosis. Depression has a range of emotional, cognitive mentalbehavioural and physical symptoms. These include low mood, feelings of hopelessness, negative thoughts, loss of interest in enjoyable activities and changes in sleep patterns.
Bipolar disorders are one of several medical conditions called depressive disorders. Depressive disorders affect the way a person's brain functions. Depressive disorders are widespread.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme shifts in mood, behavior, attention, and energy level. These shifts can result in a high, referred to as a manic episode, or a low, known as a depressive episode. Symptoms of bipolar disorder typically emerge in early adulthood, around the age of 25, but symptoms can also develop in childhood or the teenage years. Because teens experience changes in all areas of life, including their brains and bodies, it can be difficult to know whether changes in mood are a typical rite of passage or a sign of something more concerning.
Bipolar disorder in children is possible. It's most often diagnosed in older children and teenagers, but bipolar disorder can occur in children of any age. As in adults, bipolar disorder in children can cause mood swings from the highs of hyperactivity or euphoria mania to the lows of serious depression.