- Mental Health
Children and Bipolar Disorder
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.