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Understanding Bipolar I Disorder
Bipolar I disorder is a serious mental illness
marked by extreme changes in mood, thinking,
and behavior—all of which can affect personal relationships with friends and family.
There are no lab tests that can detect bipolar I disorder. A doctor must take a thorough history of your child and your family. He or she will ask about your child's moods, behavior, sleep habits, and other factors. It is important to be honest about all your child's symptoms, such as feeling unusually happy, energetic, or talking fast. And because bipolar I disorder can be mistaken for other conditions, the doctor may also use tests to see if your child's symptoms could be caused by another illness.
There have been recent changes in the definition of symptoms for bipolar I disorder. Please see your child's healthcare provider for more information about these changes.
While the specific cause of bipolar I disorder is not yet known, it’s thought to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals found in the brain. Some research suggests that bipolar I disorder runs in families. Learn more
Challenges For Your Child
Bipolar I disorder can take a toll on children’s ability to function in different areas, such as at home, at school, and in social situations. They may have trouble connecting with family members or peers. They may have mood swings at inappropriate times, causing others to react in a certain way. They may also have difficulty concentrating and remembering things. In general, they probably feel misunderstood.
It's important to try and relate to your child and understand the challenges he or she may be facing. That way, you'll learn how to handle certain situations better, while helping your child to cope better with things and people.
Substance abuse and suicide are serious risks, which is why accurate diagnosis is so important for children and teens who may have bipolar I disorder. With proper treatment, bipolar I disorder symptoms can be managed.
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Symptoms of Bipolar I Disorder
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