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

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

  3. Bipolar Disorder in Children: Helping Your Child Prevent Manic Episodes

    Key pointsThe more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to help your child or adolescent cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps your child can take to help avoid manic episodes and to recognize and deal with an episode when symptoms begin. Your child should:Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get a good night's sleep, and keep a consistent schedule to reduce ...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Mood Stabilizers for Child and Teen Bipolar Disorder

    Drug details for Mood stabilizers for childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder.

  7. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Prevention

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

  8. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Health Tools

    Healthwise information provided on managing a manic episode in adolescents.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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