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  1. Differences Between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder in Children - 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 ...

  2. Mood-Stabilizing Medicines for Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

    Drug details for Mood-stabilizing medications for bipolar disorder.

  3. 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. ...

  4. Antipsychotics for Child and Teen Bipolar Disorder

    Drug details for Antipsychotics for childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder.

  5. Bipolar Disorder - Treatment Overview

    Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it can be effectively treated with a combination of medications and counseling.

  6. 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.

  7. Bipolar Disorder: Manic Episodes - Topic Overview

    Some mood disorders are characterized by manic episodes,periods of abnormally high energy. Behavior may be diagnosed as a manic episode if: An abnormal and continuously elevated (happy or energetic) mood or an irritable mood occurs and lasts at least 5 days. During this elevated or irritable mood,at least three of the following symptoms are present: Inflated self-esteem or unrealistic ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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.

  10. Bipolar Disorder - Symptoms

    Bipolar disorder causes extreme mood swings, from feeling overly energetic (mania) to feeling very sad or having low energy (depression).

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