Bipolar Disorder in Children.
Bipolar disorder runs in every age group studied, including preschoolers. Symptoms
may emerge gradually or suddenly during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. I have
a niece who has this disorder, and it can be very difficult to deal with her on a daily
basics. Her mood is different from day to day; never know what each day holds when it
comes to someone that has this disorder.
Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression, it’s a chronic brain disorder
marked by bouts of extreme and impairing changes in mood, energy, thinking, and
behavior. The most outwardly apparent symptoms are behavioral, however the illness
often has less visible, but serious, cognitive, cardiac, and metabolic effects. This disorder
is a complex genetic illness. The illness is highly inheritable. Children with a parent or
siblings with bipolar disorder are more likely to get the illness then other children.
Bipolar mood changes are called mood episodes. Children may have Manic, Depressive,
and Mixed episodes. A mixed episode had both Manic and Depressive symptoms. Mood
episodes may last for a few days, or up to a week. This episode is very intense. There are
many symptoms that comes along with having this disorder, this is just a few of them:
very short temper, talk really fast about a lot of different things, have trouble sleeping
and staying focused, they feel very sad, eat to little or too much, have little energy, and
even think about death or suicide.
Bipolar disorder has no cure. Treatments can help control symptoms. Treatment works
best when it is ongoing, instead of on and off. It can be treated by medication and
therapy. There are many different types of medications can help. All children respond
to the medications in different ways, so the type of medications depends on the child.
Some children may need more than one type of medication because their symptoms are
so complex. Sometimes they may...