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    1. Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes - Topic Overview

      Bipolar disorder (also called manic - depressive disorder) is an illness that causes extreme mood changes that alternate between manic episodes of abnormally high energy and the extreme lows of depression.

    2. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Medications

      Although your family doctor can prescribe medications to treat bipolar disorder, you will probably be referred to a psychiatrist, who is trained specifically in the medications used to treat mental disorders.

    3. Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes - Exams and Tests

      There is no laboratory test to diagnose bipolar disorder.

    4. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Prevention

      Bipolar disorder cannot be prevented. However, there are ways to help manage or prevent mood changes.

    5. 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.

    6. Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes - Health Tools

      Healthwise information provided on managing a manic episode in adolescents.

    7. Mood-Stabilizing Medicines for Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

      Drug details for Mood-stabilizing medications for bipolar disorder.

    8. Antipsychotics for Child and Teen Bipolar Disorder

      Drug details for Antipsychotics for childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder.

    9. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Treatment Overview

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

    10. Bipolar Disorder: Hypomanic Episodes - 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.

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