Bipolar disorder affects close to 2 million Americans according to the American Foundation of Suicide prevention. Commonly seen in adults, children suffer from the disorder as well Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which the individual affected experiences extreme variations in mood. Left uncontrolled and untreated, those suffering with the disorder are at risk of harm and even suicide. There are several treatment options available to children suffering from Bipolar disorders.
Medication is often one of the initial and most common methods of treatment in bipolar disorder. According to MayoClinic.com medications frequently prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorder include anticonvulsants; antidepressants; atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilizers and lithium. Medications must be prescribed and taken under the direction of a health professional to monitor for adverse affects and also effectiveness.
More and more individuals seek alternatives to common pharmaceutical treatments of bipolar disorder. There are natural methods of dealing with and treating the condition. Alternatives such as exercise; diet and nutrition, and social support are examples of natural methods of combating the disorder. Eliminating substances from ones diet such as alcohol, smoking omega-6 fatty acids may improve symptoms according to Psychology Today.
Psychotherapy is often used in conjunction with other methods of treatments such as medications and natural treatments. Psychotherapy is a method by which the individual learns about themselves and the disorder. They discuss feelings and tools that may be useful in treating and coping with their condition during their everyday lives. Psychotherapy may be conducted one on one or in a group setting.
ECTThere are instances in which medication and other options mention may be contraindicated for an individual. In such cases, Electroconclusive therapy also referred to as shock therapy may be an option. While usually reserved to treat adults, depending on the age of the child and the severity of the condition it may be used for children as well. This treatment alters brain chemistry by introducing levels of electric currents in the brain. According to the MayoClinic, ECT can provide quicker relief from symptoms in comparison to other treatments