What You Need to Know
- What Is Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens?
- How to Get Your Depressed or Bipolar Child an Accurate Diagnosis
- How Is Childhood Bipolar Disorder Treated?
A: First, look for severe mood swings. Then determine, through close observation, if the child is behaving in a manner that is out of characterswitching from being depressed or normal to very excitable, displaying extreme irritation and not requiring sleep, exhibiting abnormally high energy. Bipolar disorder is a mood disturbance characterized by cycling episodes of mania and depression that are peppered with irritability and aggression, decreased need for sleep, constant talking, and even hypersexuality. So when you suspect that, based on these symptoms, something serious is going on, you must take your child to a psychiatrist or psychologist. In the general population, between 1% to 3% of children suffer from bipolar disorder. Read More