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    1. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - 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 - Treatment Overview

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

    3. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Symptoms

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

    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 - Prevention

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

    6. Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes

      The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take-or help a loved one take-to recognize and better manage manic episodes.Learn the warning signs of a manic episode and get early treatment to avoid disruption in your life.At the same time each day, record your mood and any symptoms.Take medicines as ...

    7. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - 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 ...

    8. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Home Treatment

      Home treatment is important in bipolar disorder.

    9. Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - 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 - 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. ...

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