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What are symptoms of bipolar disorder in teens?

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Some symptoms that suggest a teenager might have bipolar disorder are:

  • Uncharacteristic periods of anger and aggression
  • Grandiosity and overconfidence
  • Easy tearfulness, frequent sadness
  • Needing little sleep to feel rested
  • Uncharacteristic impulsive behavior
  • Moodiness
  • Confusion and inattention

SOURCES: 

Benazzi, F. Lancet, March 17, 2007; vol 369: pp 935-945. Hirschfield, R. The American Journal of Managed Care, November 2007; vol 13: pp S164-S169. Moore, D., Jefferson, J., Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder."
Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder."
Faust, D. Clinical Pediatrics, November 2006; vol 45: pp 801-808.
Suominen, K. Bipolar Disorder, November 2007; vol 9: pp 698-705.
Axelson, D. Archives of General Psychiatry, October 2006; vol 63: pp 1139-1148.
Scheffer, R. Current Psychiatry Reports, October 2007; vol 9: pp. 415-19.
Conway, K. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, February 2006; vol 67: pp 247-257.
Tillman, R. American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2005; vol 162: pp 1214-1216.
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, 2nd edition, Mosby, 2004.
Bowden, C. Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health, April 23, 2003.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2019

SOURCES: 

Benazzi, F. Lancet, March 17, 2007; vol 369: pp 935-945. Hirschfield, R. The American Journal of Managed Care, November 2007; vol 13: pp S164-S169. Moore, D., Jefferson, J., Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder."
Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder."
Faust, D. Clinical Pediatrics, November 2006; vol 45: pp 801-808.
Suominen, K. Bipolar Disorder, November 2007; vol 9: pp 698-705.
Axelson, D. Archives of General Psychiatry, October 2006; vol 63: pp 1139-1148.
Scheffer, R. Current Psychiatry Reports, October 2007; vol 9: pp. 415-19.
Conway, K. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, February 2006; vol 67: pp 247-257.
Tillman, R. American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2005; vol 162: pp 1214-1216.
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, 2nd edition, Mosby, 2004.
Bowden, C. Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health, April 23, 2003.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2019

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