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Childhood bipolar disorder usually develops in older teens and young adultsAlthough it can also appear in children as young as the age of six.
Parents sometimes find out that their child has extreme changes in behavior or that changes in mood too abruptly. They may find that all of this affects the child both at school and at home. But how do you know if your child has bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a serious illness that must be treated by professionals. It is also known as a manic-depressive illness. Children with bipolar disorder experience unusual mood swings, sometimes they feel too happy and are more active than normal (episodes of mania), and other times they feel very sad and down, they are not active at all, this phase is called depression .
Bipolar disorder is not the same as the normal ups and downs that every child can go through in their normal development, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are much more powerful and stronger than that. The disease can make it difficult for the child to lead a normal life. Also, the mental illness of bipolar disorder can be dangerous as some young people try to harm themselves and even commit suicide. But children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder should receive treatment as it is a lifelong illness, because they can manage the symptoms and lead a normal life.
But what are the most notable symptoms? There are some signs that can give you the alarm to seek professional help in the event you suspect that your child has or may have bipolar disorder. Your child may have manic, depressive, or mixed episodes. Episodes can last a week, two or more. During an episode, symptoms occur every day for most of the day. In these episodes the moods are intense, the feelings strong, and occur along with extreme changes in behavior and energy.
1. He is very happy and his way of acting is too unusual.
2. Has a bad temper.
3. Trouble sleeping but not tired.
4. Trouble concentrating.
5. Talk about sex too many times (especially teenagers).
6. You do risky things without being aware of the danger.
7. Symptoms in depressive episodes. You have thoughts about death or suicide.
8. Complains a lot about headaches, stomachaches or others.
9. You are very sleepy and sleep too many hours.
10. You feel guilty for no reason and you lose value.
11. You do not eat or eat too much.
12. You have low energy or no interest in doing activities.
If you think that your child fits these types of symptoms or you think that he could be suffering from this disorder, then go to a professional as soon as possible so that he can evaluate his mental health.
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