Manic children may be more irritable and prone to temper tantrums
than manic adults, who are more likely to be elated or have high energy during these
episodes. In a depressive episode, children may complain of headaches, muscle
aches, or stomachaches, or of being tired. They often miss school or talk about
running away from home. They become socially isolated and sensitive to any kind
of rejection or criticism. A child or teen with bipolar disorder may abuse
alcohol or drugs and have difficulty with relationships.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder in children may be confused with those
of other disorders, such as depression. These symptoms often occur along with
another disorder, such as
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Children who develop bipolar disorder before adolescence may have a
more severe form of the illness.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
March 9, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 09, 2010
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