The more you know about
bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to help
your child or teen cope with this serious mental health problem. There are many steps your
child can take to help avoid manic episodes and to recognize and deal with an
episode when symptoms begin. Your child or teen should:
- Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get a good
night's sleep, and keep a consistent schedule to reduce minor mood swings that
often lead to more severe episodes of mania.
- Take medicines
according to the doctor's instructions to help reduce the number of manic
- Avoid triggers such as caffeine, alcohol and drug use,
and stress to help prevent manic episodes.
- Learn the warning signs
and seek early treatment to avoid more severe, prolonged manic
- Have a plan of action in place and a support system to
help follow the plan when symptoms of a manic episode start.
certain people at school or at home who know how to help during a manic