It is a mental illness characterized by periods of depression and periods of elevated mood in children. Children with this disorder are often severely ill, receive multiple other diagnoses and are often disadvantaged for a very long time before a proper treatment is done. The children experience clearly defined episodes of manic behaviour marked with grandiosity which last for days and which cycle with longer periods of stability and depression
HOW IS BIPOLAR DISORDER IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
An experienced psychiatrist examines the child for prominent symptoms, to assess their severity, frequency and duration.
HOW IS BIPOLAR DISORDER IN CHILDREN TREATED?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is usually recommended for children suffering from Bipolar Disorder as this helps in monitoring the triggers that can lead to sudden mood swings. Disruptive mood therapy and mild medication can also be prescribed so as to limit the severity of mood swings and their effect on the hormones of the child.
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One must give medication regularly and monitor any side effects as well for better efficacy of the therapy.