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  1. Topic Overview

    Even with treatment,symptoms of bipolar disorder can be difficult to manage and can make school challenging. Regular and honest communication with your child and his or her teachers,guidance counselors,coaches,and school administrators can be the most important factor in helping your child succeed. Education professionals are experts at helping students with special needs,but in order to ...

  2. Topic Overview

    Several conditions regularly occur along with bipolar disorder that initially may share some of the same features. Conditions that might be present along with bipolar disorder in children and adolescents include: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,a behavioral condition in which people have trouble paying attention,may be more active than normal,and tend to act without thinking. ...

  3. Bipolar Disorder in Children: Helping Your Child Prevent Manic Episodes

    Key pointsThe more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to help your child or adolescent cope with this lifelong illness. 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 should:Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get a good night's sleep, and keep a consistent schedule to reduce ...

  4. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Medications

    While medications to treat bipolar disorder have been well studied for use in adults, there are few long - term studies that confirm the effectiveness and safety of mood stabilizers in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.

  5. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Other Treatment

    Most children who have bipolar disorder need medication. However, other forms of treatment used along with medications play an important role in balancing mood and improving quality of life.

  6. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - When To Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services immediately if your child makes threats or attempts to harm himself or herself or another person, or shows warning signs of suicide.

  7. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Symptoms

    All types of bipolar disorder consist of cycles of mania (or hypomania, a less severe form of mania) and depression.

  8. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - What Happens

    Often the first signs of bipolar disorder are severe moodiness, unhappiness, or other symptoms of depression.

  9. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Treatment Overview

    Although mood changes and other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are challenging, they can be managed effectively.

  10. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - What Increases Your Risk

    Your child's risk of developing bipolar disorder or other mood disorders increases.

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