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Children or teens with bipolar disorder, also called manic - depressive disorder, have moods with extreme ups and downs.
Although mood changes and other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are challenging, they can be managed effectively.
There is no laboratory test to diagnose bipolar disorder.
Often the first signs of bipolar disorder are severe moodiness, unhappiness, or other symptoms of depression.
All types of bipolar disorder consist of cycles of mania (or hypomania, a less severe form of mania) and depression.
Your child's risk of developing bipolar disorder or other mood disorders increases.
Bipolar disorder cannot be prevented. However, there are ways to help manage or prevent mood changes.
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.
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