Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens (cont.)
In this Article
- What is bipolar disorder?
- Who develops bipolar disorder?
- Why does someone develop bipolar disorder?
- What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?
- Can children and teens with bipolar disorder have other problems?
- How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?
- How is bipolar disorder treated?
- What can children and teens expect from treatment?
- How can I help my child or teen?
- How does bipolar disorder affect parents and family?
- Where do I go for help?
- I know someone who is in crisis. What do I do?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
Can children and teens with bipolar disorder have other problems?
Young people with bipolar disorder can have several problems at the same time. These include:
- Substance abuse. Both adults and kids with bipolar disorder are at risk of drinking or taking drugs.
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children who have both bipolar disorder and ADHD may have trouble staying focused.
- Anxiety disorders, like separation anxiety.
Sometimes behavior problems go along with mood episodes. Young people may take a lot of risks, such as driving too fast or spending too much money. Some young people with bipolar disorder think about suicide. Watch for any signs of suicidal thinking. Take these signs seriously and call your child's doctor.
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