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Children and Bipolar Disorder

Updated on February 27, 2015

Bipolar disorder is known as manic depression, it is a serious medical disorder is links to families with illness in the family and require treatments. Diagnosing and treating children and teenagers with bipolar is and emerging field that need more research so that it can be fully understood.

There are medication to treat bipolar disorder these medications are powerful and can cause major side effects. Bipolar is less common in small children that adult, mainly 1%.

If your child has been diagnose with Bipolar, it's always wise to seek the opinion of a doctor, who has specialize in this field of medicine.

Bipolar is not diagnose in a child until approximately six years old . Tell your doctor about your family history including depression in and other problems that could help.

Children and teens with bipolar often have more rapid mood changes than adults, they change from being manic and high energy to depress in minutes or days. Children and teens with this disorder appears to have depression or attention deficit disorder but when they are treated with antidepressant or stimulants,it can make their symptoms worse or even trigger mania. Anyone with these symptoms of depression should be evaluated to make sure they are at risk of having a bipolar disorder.

Parents have to watch for manic symptoms because children and teens with bipolar might not o omit they have a problem. Some live their lives in denial because of shame, not wanting others to know they have an illness.. If you feel that your child or teen might have this disorder, contract your doctor as soon as possible.


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      Maxine Daniels Foster 3 years ago from Boston MA

      With medication and the help of therapist children can live a productive life. This disease is not curable but can be maintain. My child lived 15 years of his young life in denied of being bipolar, he was seen by many doctors and therapist. May god be with you and your daughter and consult your doctor because there will be periods of change in her life she will never understand why.................Jada67

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      My 23 year old daughter was diagnosed with bipolar just a couple of years ago. At first, she didn't want to take the medication. She was away at college, and said that she couldn't afford it. Then she moved home, and now has a regular schedule. She has been able to be on the medication and is much more stable. Now she is thinking about living on her own again, and is concerned that the same thing will happen again. We are having to put together some concrete solutions.

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      Maxine Daniels Foster 3 years ago from Boston MA

      When a child or teen suffers from depression, mood swings or a change in his or her behavior, consult your doctor. Your child might be suffering from a bipolar disorder......jada67