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When should you call your doctor about suspected bipolar disorder in children and teens?

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With bipolar disorder, there are both manic symptoms and depressive symptoms. If your child or teenager has five or more symptoms that last for at least a week, call your doctor to get help. With medications and/or psychotherapy, mental health professionals can help stabilize your child's moods. Treatment can also lessen or get rid of the depressed or manic thoughts and behaviors.

From: Bipolar Disorder or ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."  "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts for Families #10: "Teen Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , 5th Ed. (DSM-V),  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."  "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts for Families #10: "Teen Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , 5th Ed. (DSM-V),  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 08, 2018

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