Is My Adolescent Child A Bipolar Victim?

By: Ken P Doyle

Bipolar Children at a very young age have shown symptoms which only later were diagnosed as bipolar. Some have their first symptoms of this illness identified during childhood, and others develop them later in life. This illness can be genetic, especially for those children s parents who have the illness compared with those whose parents are not with the disease.
Other Symptoms to Watch out for
One of the common signs of this mental illness is the severe mood swings that occur. Their mood swings are so vast that they experience high times followed straight after by low times, calm then extreme anger in a matter of few minutes. Young children with severe mania symptoms are more likely to be bad tempered and liable to destructive tantrums than to be overly happy. They can be terrific children when compliant to their drugs but without their prescribed drug they can get extremely angry and irritable.
Other Signs
This disorder in young ones isn't easy to diagnose because other problems and emotional changes are occurring within these age groups. While irritability and aggressiveness can indicate the illness, they also can be symptoms of other mental health illness like attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, oppositional conduct and even defiant disorder. Also found in this age groups are major depression or schizophrenia. Because those at this age are onto drugs, drug abuse can also lead to symptoms close to that of bipolar. Late adolescents have a much closer link to the adult-type episodes and its symptoms than those at a younger age.
Other physical Signs
Those with this disease can be ill-tempered and crabby and get angry more often than normal. The illness has seen children use profane languages to their parents and everybody around them, do not want to go to school, are dishonest and disobedient. When depressed their self-esteem, confidence and ambition can turn upside down.
Final Words
Bipolar disorder is a long-term illness like any other mental disease, which must be carefully managed throughout a patients whole life. Suitable diagnosis for those with the disorder is needed for a productive treatment. Do not hesitate to let them be evaluated by a mental health professional if your child is showing emotional and behavioral symptoms. Take them seriously and refer them to the health specialists in your area if they start talking about suicide or become suicidal, because it is better to be late in their diagnosis than to be sorry for not acting.

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Ken P Doyle is an advocate for bipolar disorder and has a lot of knowledge on mental illness. As an advocate he would like to share some FREE information and findings on bipolar in children and adolescent bipolar.

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