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    Bipolar Disorder in Children: Helping Your Child Prevent Manic Episodes

    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, establish a regular sleep schedule, and keep a consistent routine. This can help 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 episodes.
    • 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 episodes.
    • Have a plan of action in place and a support system to help follow the plan when symptoms of a manic episode start.
    • Have certain people at school or at home who know how to help during a manic episode.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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