An approach to understand Bipolar disorder in children

An approach to understand Bipolar disorder in children:

Symptoms and Risk factors

Bipolar Disorder in children can affect a child of any age, but mostly affects older children and teenagers. The mood swings associated with bipolar disorder in children can range from highs of hyperactivity to the lows of very serious depression. If you see your child experience the extreme mood swings in your child along with an increase in their activity level, then you should consult a doctor.

Bipolar disorder is the ailment of the brain and children with bipolar disorder have severe mood swings. Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in young children is very difficult as the symptoms of bipolar disorder and are very similar to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or normal childhood behavior.

Young children get very irritable during the maniac attack of bipolar disorder, with prominent psychotic symptoms of hearing or seeing something that does not exist.

Bipolar disorder can be treated but there is no cure for its lifelong medications to help to check symptoms and prevent attacks in the future. If no treatment is provided it can lead to complications also.


  • Severe mood swings, the mood swings are very intense and can be easily differentiated from the normal mood swing.
  • Hyperactive, aggressive and impulsive behavior
  • Socially inappropriate behavior
  • Inability to sleep or difficulty in falling asleep
  • Reckless behavior
  • The child is usually depressed and very irritable
  • Thinks they can do multitasking
  • Suicidal thoughts in older children and teenagers
  • Gets upset even because of the slightest reasons

Risk factors:

  • Genetic factors
  • Poverty
  • Substance abuse
  • Abusive behavior of parents
  • Violence or other trauma
  • Family history of depression
  • Different structures of the brain, as people having bipolar disorder, have a different structure of the brain when compared to a healthy brain or from a person having from other mental ailments.
  • Difficulty to concentrate.
  • Difficulty in making friends
  • Poor performance in studies
  • Risky behavior
  • Chances to be indulged in substance abuse
  • Chances of getting involved in criminal activities
  • Involvement in violent acts
  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
Lifestyle changes to lead a normal life:
  • Eat healthy food
  • Exercise regularly
  • Visit the doctor when called for
  • Take medicines as advised
  • Avoid stress
  • Provide a healthy environment for the child
  • Talk to your child regularly
  • Monitor all symptoms closely and if any new symptoms appear, discuss it with the doctor

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