Bipolar disorders are some of the most difficult to understand. There is a strong negative stigma surrounding it. In addition it has become common to use the term “bipolar” to describe someone who is experiencing mood swings.
Bipolar disorder is commonly diagnosed amongst older children and teenagers, but this is does not mean that younger children don’t display symptoms or can’t be diagnosed.
While only a licensed physician can give an accurate diagnosis, there are some common symptoms a concerned parent can be on the look out for they include:
There are two types of episodes children and teens may experience. There is the manic episode and the depressive episode.
Common symptoms of manic episodes in children and teens:
- Showing intense happiness or silliness for long periods of time
- Short tempers or seem extremely irritable
- Talking fas about many different things
- Having difficulties sleeping but not feeling tired
- Difficulties staying focused and experiencing racing thoughts
Common symptoms of depressive episodes in children and teens:
- Feeling frequently and unprovoked sadness
- Showing increased irritability, anger, or hostility
- Difficulties concentrating
- Having too little energy and no interest in their usual activities
- Eating too much or too little
- Thoughts of suicide
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