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Is your child bi-polar?

How do you know if your kid is bi-polar? This question is hard to answer simply due to the fact that bi-polar disorder is not something that can be physically tested for and, a bipolar diagnosis is in fact nothing more than a opinion given by a medical professional, as is schizophrenia and depression. Many people believe sudden mood changes in teenagers are usually the first signs of bi polar disease, however, sudden mood changes can be caused by several factors. So does my child have bi polar disease? The following things need to be looked at when you are faced with the possibility of your child having this attention defect known as bi polar disorder. Please continue reading these symptoms of bipolar disorder in children to follow my guidelines that you may not find anywhere else.

Mood swings are one of the very first signs that something in your child is amiss. This however, does not mean that he or she can have bipolar disorder. Mood swings are very common in all teenagers and often experienced due to biologically based causes. Some of this may include abuse, emotional trauma, death, family problems or abnormal hormone development. Although mood swings are one of the first symptoms of bipolar disorder, please make sure you rule our all other possibilities for this before you mistakenly label your child.

Does your child have a self-destructive behavior? Destructive behaviors may include fast driving, anti-social, drugs, wrong friends and suicide attempts. This however doesn’t mean that your child is bipolar, as destructive behavior are common amongst teenagers. Destructive behavior being part of bipolar disorder depends on the child’s home environment as well as any other extenuating factors.

Usually when a child has bipolar disorder, he or she will often describe a feeling of inability to feel whole. This means that they will feel as if they have a hole inside them that they cannot fill. Almost as if there is something missing inside. This usually involves something emotional, something they have had or felt before, and not anymore. The inability to feel whole often leads to self destruction or the child being outlandish.

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Once better known as “manic depression”, the term bipolar was coined by German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin in the late nineteenth century, originally referring to all kinds of mood disorder.

Bipolar disorder can be found in all age groups, races, ethnic groups and social classes. An equal number of men and women are being affected.

The mood of a person with this disorder alternates between different extremes, such as extreme sadness and euphoric happiness. Thus, this disease is named bipolar disorder.

Some people with bipolar disorder become psychotic, hearing things that aren’t there. They may hold onto false beliefs, and cannot be swayed from them. In some instances, they see themselves as having superhuman skills and powers – even consider themselves to be god-like. This disorder also involves recurrent episodes of depression and mania, which recur across one’s lifespan. Persons may change long term goals frequently, and have trouble sticking to any one activity.

The individual may go from depressed lows to euphoric highs, or may experience other shifts in mood that severely affect the person’s ability to function. There is also the problem of a regular sleep schedule. People with bipolar disorder commonly suffer from migraines, but this can be helped when bipolar is treated. Other symptoms include delusions, inability to concentrate or sleep and feelings of worthlessness.

Genetic factors contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing the disorder, and environmental factors are also implicated. Bipolar disorder is often treated with mood stabilizer medications, and sometimes other psychiatric drugs. Mood stabilisers help reduce both manic and depressive episodes. A care plan that combines medication and psychosocial treatment is best for managing the disorder over time.

The two types of bipolar disorder are bipolar I and mani and biploar II and hypomania. The first one is in which a person has episodes of depression and mania. People with the second type normally have severe depression episodes, and sometimes “mild mania”, or hypomania.

Patients with the disorder often suffer for an average of 10 years with symptoms before receiving the correct diagnosis and treatment. Obviously, this long delay can not only affect proper patient treatment but also the recovery. Typically, the disorder appears in adolescence or early adulthood, but it can also emerge in childhood. The length of symptom-free intervals often decreases with age.

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population for those persons age 18 and older every year. It is the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide among 15- to 44-year-olds, affecting up to 4% of adults.

Yoga, meditation and acupuncture are therapies that can be utilized, as these can play a large and important role in the emotional well being of a person and can also help to lift their mood. Bipolar treatment using exercise releases endorphins and can boost the mood significantly.

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This article provide you three tips helping you to get through the bipolar disorder. For me, they helped me become well after I had been stable for 4 years. I hope these tips will help you as well.


Change medication only on a psychiatrists approval:

If you feel like you do not need medicine, think twice. This means that the medication is working. However, if you do feel you are ready to come off the medication then only do this with the help of a psychiatrist. There is always a chance of relapse if you go off your medication. One time I went off my medication because I thought I was well. My family doctor took me off my medication without consulting a psychiatrist and I went into a relapse and had another episode. Each time you have an episode it takes twice as long to get back to where you were just before the episode. I do not recommend going off your medication. There are people who went off their medication very slowly and are fine, but there is always a chance of relapse.


Stay active:


When you exercise endorphins, which are natural pain killers, are released into your system. The endorphins will make you feel better. Your mind will clear up and you will think better. I recommend exercising at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes a time. You could go walking or running for a half hour. You could also bike or you could try some martial arts or yoga. I like doing martial arts and yoga because it is fun and it does not feel like exercise.




When I was in my low period of my illness I did not feel like doing anything. Then, I started volunteering for the local food bank. This gave me reason to wake up, rather than sleep all day. You could volunteer anywhere. Lots of places will accept volunteers and not advertise it. Try going to your local community center or any place where you like going to like a bowling alley.



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Not sleeping for days on end. Long periods of euphoria. Racing thoughts. Grandiose ideas. Mania. Depression. All of these are symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about mood disorders and their causes as well as how these disorders can impact people’s lives.

Table of Contents:

What are Mood Disorders? 1:05
Symptoms of Depressive & Bipolar Disorders 2:00
Biological, Genetic, Environmental, & Social-Cognitive
Causes of Mood Disorders 5:47

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First let me apologize for not getting out a weekly blog for some time now. Like many people, I have a lot going on at any given time, and we all must prioritize the most important things to do. I am no exception to that rule. Let’s take my life over the last few months as an example. In September, my doctor decided to make a small change to my medications, which meant that I needed to be hyper-vigilant in monitoring my moods. In the middle of September through the last of October, I was working on a big project at work, which required me to put in 60 – 70 hours of work a week. I had my family relationships to maintain. I had a blog going, and I was working on writing a book on Thriving with Bipolar disorder. Like everyone, I also had a house to maintain with cleaning, paying bills, and grocery shopping to name a few things.

So to prioritize your life or anything for that matter, you need to make a list of all the things going on, just like I did up above. Then you need to decide which ones are critical to sustain if you find yourself in a position like I did where you can not do them all. For me, I had a health situation with the medicine change, that by the way, did not go well. I got slightly depressed after 3 weeks, and then had to change back, and it took 3 more weeks for me to start feeling like myself again. The next important thing was to do the work necessary to keep my job. Working 60 – 70 hours a week can be hard on a “normal” person, but add slight depression on top of that and it takes a bigger toll. As a result, most everything else was on the back burner. I was able to barely stay in touch with friends and family, but those relationships did suffer a bit. I was late on paying one of my bills. I didn’t get much cleaning or grocery shopping done either. Then there was the blog and the book I was writing. Unfortunately, I did not have time for either one of those.

Now it is the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s time of the year. I’m glad my emotions are back to normal, my work hours are back down, but now it’s time to focus on family and friends during this time of the year. I also want to get my book completed. All that being said, the blog will again take back seat to these other things. I hope to get back to a weekly blog after the first of the year.

I hope you got some helpful tips in how to prioritize your life through my real life example, but let’s review the steps. First, make a list of all the things you are involved in that are important to you. Then decide what’s necessary to sustain your health and quality of life. For me that was monitoring moods and keeping my job. It might be different for you. However, I found that health tends to take top priority then maintaining your income. Once that’s in place, relationships tend to follow those, then maintaining your house (bills, etc.). Most other things need to be prioritized in order that you feel are most important.

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Author: Cassandra L. Good

Cassandra L. Good works and resides in Colorado, USA. She has been employed at the same company for nearly 18 years despite having been diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder.

Her new goals include helping other people with bipolar disorder to live a life that is rewarding and fulfilling. She wants to teach people how to move from surviving to thriving with bipolar disorder.