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  1. 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.

  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Bipolar Disorder - Topic Overview

    Omega-3 fatty acids are found in marine or plant sources,such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. Preliminary studies suggest that people with bipolar disorder who take omega-3 fatty acids have a significantly longer period in which their mood is stable with no episodes of depression or mania (remission). 1 There are few,if any,negative side effects of taking omega-3 fatty acids. Loose stools ...

  3. Bipolar Disorder: Helping Someone During a Manic Episode - Topic Overview

    You may feel frustrated around a person with bipolar disorder who is having a manic episode. The high energy level can be tiring or even frightening. The person may also actually enjoy the mania and may not take medications,which can prolong the episode. In addition,the person may say and do unusual or hurtful things. You can help during a manic episode by doing the following: Spend time ...

  4. Antipsychotics for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

    Drug details for Antipsychotics for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

  5. Bipolar Disorder - Cause

    The cause of bipolar disorder is not well understood, although evidence suggests that the disorder runs in families

  6. Bipolar Disorder in Children: Other Health Problems That May Occur - 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. ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes - Topic Overview

    Hypomanic episodes can occur in people who have mood disorders. Hypomanic episodes are less severe than manic episodes,although a hypomanic episode can still interfere with your ability to function properly. Hypomania may be diagnosed if: A distinct period of elevated or irritable mood occurs in which the mood is clearly different from a regular nondepressed mood. Three or more of the ...

  9. Bipolar Disorder - Health Tools

    Healthwise information on bipolar disorder.

  10. Mood Stabilizers for Child and Teen Bipolar Disorder

    Drug details for Mood stabilizers for childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder.

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