Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition where people go between times of very happy feelings and times of irritable or depressive feelings. These moods are typically referred to as mania and depression, and people with bipolar disorder can go between these moods very quickly. This problem can be very difficult to deal with in children, but luckily you are not alone.

Generally, this disorder starts in teens or young adults between the ages of 15 and 25. However, it can start in younger children. No one is certain of the exact causes, but it is often diagnosed in people who have relatives who also have the disorder.

There are a few different types of bipolar disorder. These types are typically classified in regard to the severity of the mood swings.  Regardless of the type of bipolar disorder a person has, any of the following events may instigate an episode of mania:

  • Major life change
  • Medication including anti-depression medication
  • Lack of sleep
  • Recreational drugs

The period of mania may last a day, or it may last several months. The following symptoms are common during mania:

  • Inability to focus without becoming distracted
  • Insomnia without fatigue
  • Lack of good judgement
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Engaging in dangerous behavior including taking drugs, having unprotected sex, or overspending
  • Hyperactivity
  • Racing thoughts
  • Talking too much
  • inflated self esteem
  • Agitation or irritability

The flip  side of these periods of mania is, of course, periods of depression. These depressive periods may be marked by any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained sadness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Constant tiredness
  • Feelings of guilt or despair
  • Inability to enjoy certain activities
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Distancing oneself from friends or family members

There is an incredibly high risk of suicide with bipolar teens and children. Parents should act immediately if their children make suicidal threats. In some cases, the mania and the depression can even overlap.

If your child has any of these symptoms, he or she may be struggling with bipolar disorder. There are many different types of treatment available. The goals of most treatment plans is to help the patient to avoid moving between these phases and to help them learn how to function between the periods of mania and depression.

Finding the right therapy program or treatment center for bipolar disorder is not always easy. At ParentResources.info, we have the resources that you need and the guidance that you want. When you call for your free consultation, we will help you find the best options for your bipolar teen. So, contact us today.