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How can I help my bipolar teen?

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As they get older, teenagers might be resentful if they feel that you're imposing treatment on them. So let them into the conversation. Talk frankly -- along with your child's doctor or therapist -- about treatment options.

It's key that teenagers with bipolar disorder avoid alcohol and drugs, which can interact with medications or bring on or worsen mood episodes. The risks of developing a substance abuse problem are much higher in teens with bipolar disorder.

Stick to regular routines around sleep and wake times, and help them develop effective ways to managing stress and distress.

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)."  WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment.  National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."  Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.  MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."  WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression."  American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)."  WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment.  National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."  Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.  MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."  WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression."  American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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