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Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Teens

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

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Could your teenager's behavior be explained after reading about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder or are you really just dealing with "hormones" and "testosterone" that often mark these childhood years? You may be surprised at how often bi polar disorder symptoms go unrecognized or passed off as "normal teenage behavior."

Read on to find out what to look for and when to start talking to your child's doctor about this often manic depressive disorder.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 1
Non-typical or out of the blue aggressive behavior – especially by an individual whose temperament you would usually label as laid back or if the angry or aggressive behavior seems to strike at random.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 2
Lack of focus or difficulty focusing and holding attention can also be bi polar disorder symptoms. The inability to focus will usually be quite noticeable and or may possibly only appear to affect your teen irregularly.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 3
Confusion and sometimes the appearance of disorientation may be noticed. Similar to the inability to focus you may notice this often during a detailed conversation – it can appear almost like they are conversing with you off topic or are easily led off topic.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 4
Random or extreme fluctuations in mood for no apparent reason and often over a short period of time, those moods can often include some or all of the following; happy, sad, depressed, angry, irritated, energetic, lazy, sleeplessness, tired, unexplained crying and distracted attention.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 5
Destructive and or irresponsible behavior may also be indicative signs of bi polar disorder symptoms. These identifiers can strike is many ways but often entail a fairly responsible child who is all of a sudden making poor or self destructive decisions or even an irresponsible child regularly making risky choices.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 6
Depression can rear its ugly head in many ways but the most easily identifiable signs are those such as; despondence, reclusive/solitary behavior, unexplained crying or easily tearing up for no reason, sleepiness, insomnia, self destructive, self hatred, increased appetite, decreased appetite - especially if this behavior is extreme or is not normal behaviors or even seem to affect the person on a recurring basis.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Symptom 7
In some more serious cases hallucinations may even occur as a part of the experienced mania. Because there are many different levels of this mental disorder it is not often that someone who is afflicted will experience hallucinations but there is still a noticeable chance that this can or will be experienced and can be indicative of a serious bi polar disorder.

Most of the symptoms, as you may have noticed in the list above above, can easily be identified by themselves in many children, adults and teenagers, however, it is the combination of these bi polar disorder symptoms that cause the greatest level of concern. Also, the severity of these actions and emotions and to what extent they appear to affect the individual's life. A mental disorder such as this can be a serious one that can have an extremely negative, sometimes fatal, impact on a person's life. The good news is that it is also a condition that can often be successfully treated when properly diagnosed.

When should you talk to your teen's doctor about potential bipolar disorder symptoms?

It is never too early to talk to your child's doctor if you have noticed what you feel may be bi polar disorder symptoms. If for any reason your concerns are brushed off – push the issue but either way request a referral to a mental health specialist such as a psychologist or psychiatrist or who will be better equipped to diagnose a behavioral disorder or issue.

Should you be concerned about your child being labeled with such a diagnosis then please keep in mind that depression, as is common in those who have bipolar, can have serious effects on your teens health especially prolonged, severe or manic depression and can increase or bring about thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviors. Waiting until you are absolutely sure can be detrimental so talk to your child's physician right away and take no chances – after all what is more important than your child's well-being!

Above you should have learned some of the most common signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder and below you will find a few books that can help you to more thoroughly understand bi polar disorder symptoms, treatment, coping and the condition itself:

The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family

What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents

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Note: This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, cure or treat any condition. Always consult a medical or mental health professional for proper diagnosis.



Oct 2, 2010 2:39am
Bipolar mainly affects the mental state of and individual. The person all of a sudden turns from one state of mood to another. All the day they swing back and forth from depression to mania. They need to be handled with proper care and attention.
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