While many people and practitioners believe that Bipolar Disorder is mainly seen in adults, it can also develop in teenagers and children. Bipolar Disorder mainly consists of sudden and severe mood swings as well as depressive behaviour.
HOW IS BIPOLAR DISORDER IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
An experienced psychiatrist carefully examines the child by asking questions about the child's mood and sleeping patterns. Some tests may be done to rule out other diseases
HOW IS BIPOLAR DISORDER IN CHILDREN TREATED?
Bipolar disorder in children is treated in various ways such as: • Medications like mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications and antidepressants • Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and family-focused therapy • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) • Self-management strategies and education • Complementary health approaches such as meditation, faith and prayer
DID YOU KNOW?
Anyone can develop bipolar disorder, including children and teens. The illness usually lasts a lifetime. This cannot be prevented; however, early identification of bipolar warning signs and seeing your doctor regularly, can allow you to monitor your mood and medications, and keep the illness from escalating.