Service Plan: Young Adults With Mental Illness-Bip

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Service Plan: Young Adults with Mental Illness-Bipolar Disorder Aminata Conteh University of South Florida April 29, 2010 Introduction Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness. It is also called manic-depressive illness. Children with bipolar disorder go through unusual mood changes. Sometimes they feel very happy or "up," and are much more active than usual. This is called mania. And sometimes children with bipolar disorder feel very sad and "down," and are much less active than usual. This is called depression. Bipolar disorder is not the same as the normal ups and downs every kid goes through. Bipolar symptoms are more powerful than that. The illness can make it hard for a child to do well in school or get along with friends and family members. The illness can also be dangerous. Some young people with bipolar disorder try to hurt themselves or attempt suicide. Children and teens with bipolar disorder should get treatment. With help, they can manage their symptoms and lead successful lives. Young adults with mental illness require special attention and have special needs. The moods and behaviors of a person with bipolar disorder affect everyone around—especially family members and close friends. During a manic episode, they must cope with reckless antics, outrageous demands, explosive outbursts, and irresponsible decisions ( Akiskal, 2005). The transition from young adult to adulthood is a very difficult transition due to all of the obstacles that teenagers stumble with along the way. As a social worker it is important to know that “children who experience manic symptoms are likely to feel irritable, have considerable physical energy, demonstrate boundless self-confidence to the point of sounding grandiose, and may engage in activities that have a high potential risk” (Summers, 2003). Moreover, a social worker should be knowledgeable about

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