BIPOLAR IN CHILDREN
Bipolar disorder in children experiences extreme shifts in mood in behaviors that can result in a high, as hyperactive or a low, as a depressive episode. Bipolar disorder is more likely to emerge in the late teen years or in early adulthood. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to help kids learn to manage symptoms and succeed in life. Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder in children are extreme mood swings, aggressive or inappropriate behavior, risky and reckless behaviors that are out of character, alcohol or drug abuse, or wild spending sprees, Insomnia or insufficient sleep, Depressed or irritable mood and Suicidal thoughts or behaviors in older children and teens are found.
Treatment for children with bipolar disorder usually involves a combination of medication, therapy, psychoeducation, and school support. Medication may include a combination of drugs, which can include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and/or anti-anxiety medication.