Help Your Child Battle the Extremes of Bipolar Disorder
The teenage years are full of hormonal mood swings, changes in hobbies and interests and exploration of new ideas and activities. However, if you feel that your teenager is acting out in severe mood swings that cannot be easily controlled, your child might be suffering from bipolar disorder.
If this is the case, you will need to seek a professional teen bipolar treatment plan to help them manage their life, education, and relationships.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of teen bipolar disorder is the quick and extreme change between different moods. Teens suffering from bipolar disorder can be outrageously and inappropriately excited and silly, while other days they may suffer from a severe sadness that has no particular source.
The extremely happy and high emotional state is called mania, and the dark and brooding sadness is called depression. These two extremes occur because of changes in the brain due to abnormal function and structure. Teenagers who suffer from anxiety are at a higher risk for developing bipolar disease.
Teenagers in a manic episode will have trouble sleeping and staying focused, but they will talk very quickly and partake in risky behavior. Teenagers in a depressive episode will have trouble waking and getting ready for their day, think or talk about death and suicide, or complain of headaches and feeling very sad.
While bipolar disorder may sound like an overwhelming disease to manage, there are many teen bipolar treatment plans available no matter how severe the behaviors are. One of the most popular ways to treat and manage the disease is through medication. Doctors can prescribe one or multiple medications to help your child manage their symptoms and behaviors.
It is very important to report any side effects to your child’s doctor and will help to balance out doses and types of medication. Therapy, particularly psychotherapy, is another treatment option. This therapy provides a safe environment for teenagers to talk about their feelings and behaviors and will include family members as well.
Seeking a teen bipolar treatment plan for your suffering teenager is the best thing you can do to help them. You may feel helpless, but you can help your child to have a successful and productive life by talking to professionals and being engaged with your child’s treatment plan every step of the way.
About the author – Robert Hunt is a recovering addict of 20 years. He has devoted his life to helping others suffering from chemical addictions as well as mental health challenges. Robert maintains many blogs on drug addiction, eating disorders and depression. He is a sober coach and wellness advocate and a prominent figure in the recovery community.
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