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  1. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Treatment Overview

    Although mood changes and other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are challenging, they can be managed effectively.

  2. 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.

  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 - Exams and Tests

    There are no lab tests for bipolar disorder. Instead, your doctor will ask detailed questions about your symptoms.

  5. 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 ...

  6. Bipolar Disorder - Prevention

    Bipolar disorder cannot be prevented, but often the mood swings can be controlled with medications.

  7. Bipolar Disorder - Other Treatment

    Almost all people who have bipolar disorder need medication. But counseling is also important to help you cope with work and relationship struggles related to your illness.

  8. Bipolar Disorder - What Increases Your Risk

    Bipolar disorder can run in the family. Find information on the risk factors for bipolar disorder including alcohol or drug abuse, stress, and genetics.

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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.

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