Bipolar Disorder in Children: School Issues - Topic Overview
If your child's symptoms are severe, placement in a day hospital or
residential treatment center that treats children with bipolar disorder may be
helpful in meeting your child's needs during an extended illness. However,
these treatment centers are not always available. It can also be helpful if a
designated teacher at your child's school is specially trained in dealing with
children who have bipolar disorder. This person can be a good resource and a
"safe person" for your child to go to for help during the school day, if
If your school is not understanding or does not support your child's
special needs for periodically reduced academic performance, you may be able to
work with your child's doctor to get those needs met in the school system.
Supporting your child, while not letting the child use bipolar disorder as an
excuse to miss assignments, can help him or her develop and succeed
academically and socially.