Ways to Cope With a Bipolar Teen

22 Apr Ways to Cope With a Bipolar Teen

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition in the mood disorder category, characterized by serious fluctuations in an individual’s mood. The moods of individuals with bipolar disorder can fluctuate from severely happy and overactive (manic) to severely depressed and reserved (depressive). Here are some key strategies to implement if you are struggling to support your bipolar teen.


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Knowing how to support your bipolar teen can be overwhelming. Here are some key strategies to implement if you’re teen is battling a bipolar disorder.

  • Inform Yourself

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    Learning about bipolar disorder is the best way to understand how to both support your teen and together, cope with the disorder. Seek trusted books, websites or healthcare professionals to educate yourself.

  • Practice Patience

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    At times, it may be frustrating that your teen is acting uncharacteristically. Try to remain patient and positive as those experiences are likely frustrating for them too.

  • Encourage Openness

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    Support your teen by taking the time to listen as they share their thoughts and struggles about their diagnosis. Acknowledging their feelings shows you care and helps both of you foster understanding.

  • Have Fun

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    While mental health diagnoses are undoubtedly serious, sometimes that seriousness can become all-consuming. Help your teen have fun by supporting hobbies and encouraging friendships to reduce stress.

  • Avoid Stimulants

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    Encourage your teen to avoid stimulants such as caffeine, drugs or alcohol, as they can magnify manic or depressive episodes.

  • Track Moods

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    Assist your teen in building self-awareness by tracking their moods—both high and low. Learning to recognize and identify risky behaviors can also decrease self-inflicted damage for your teen.

  • Respond in Crisis

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    Learn how to respond effectively when your teen is in crisis. Do not leave the teen alone. Call your family doctor, 911 or go to the emergency room if you suspect your teen is experiencing a manic episode.

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