Teen Rehab Breaks Down Bipolar Disorder

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a behavioral illness that causes a person to feel extreme “ups” and “downs” in their mood. Children and teens can both be diagnosed as bipolar, but it is more common for symptoms to start showing in early adulthood, according to the Nation Institute of Mental Health. Although abnormal brain structure and function is a cause of bipolar disorder, the cause is generally subjective. However, teens with anxiety or a family history of the disorder are more likely to be bipolar.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Intense mood changes
  • Problems in school
  • Hard time concentrating
  • Short temper
  • Acting unusually happy (in a way that is not normal)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Risky or dangerous behavior
  • Change in eating patterns
  • Feel guilty, sad and/or worthless
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Treatment and Management

Currently, there is no cure for bipolar disorder but it can be treated with medication and therapy. Talk therapy is a method commonly used with kids and teens, and can help change behaviors and routines, and improve relationships. Bipolar disorder must be diagnosed by a doctor, who can also recommend medication specific to the individual’s needs.

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