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  1. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Cause

    The cause of bipolar disorder is not well understood. It runs in families and seems to be linked to an imbalance of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that help regulate mood.

  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 and Teens - Topic Overview

    Children or teens with bipolar disorder, also called manic - depressive disorder, have moods with extreme ups and downs.

  4. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - What Happens

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

  8. Topic Overview

    Bipolar disorder in children and teens and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share some similar characteristics. It is possible for a child to have both conditions,but certain characteristics help distinguish one from the other: Comparing symptoms of bipolar disorder and ADHD Symptoms of bipolar disorder Symptoms of ADHD The child throws violent,destructive temper tantrums that ...

  9. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Exams and Tests

    There is no laboratory test to diagnose bipolar disorder.

  10. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Health Tools

    Healthwise information provided on managing a manic episode in adolescents.

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