Bipolar disorder is widely spoken about but is rarely fully understood. Teen bipolar disorder is not uncommon and is a type of mood disorder that affects the brain’s regulation of life’s ups and downs. Bipolar is relatively common and very often a doctor or even the person suffering with the disorder is looking for a quick fix.

What is Teen Bipolar Disorder?

Less than two percent of people actually have any form of Bipolar disorder although many more claim to have it. It is a very difficult condition to properly diagnose in teens and young adults. Bipolar was once called manic depressive disorder. The condition is known for producing sometimes extreme mood swings from one end of the spectrum to the other without any clear reason as to why.

Teen bipolar disorder is a destructive mental health disorder affecting the teenager, friends and family. Suicidal tendencies can arise and risky behavior frequently presents itself. Gaining an accurate diagnosis and receiving the appropriate treatment is essential.

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There are two “periods” in a cycle for a teen with Bipolar disorder – the depressed period and the manic period. Both are equally disturbing and both can go to either extreme.

Manic Periods

A manic period is a period where the teenager experiences a burst of energy, often excessive and sometimes seemingly out of place.

Signs of a teen with bipolar having a manic period include:

  • Lack of focus
  • Abnormal levels of happiness and silliness
  • Talking fast, moving from subject to subject
  • Difficulty sleeping without being tired
  • Short temper
  • Elicit and/or risky behaviors.

Depressed Periods

The depressed period is often painful for a sufferer during which they may feel sad, hopeless, helpless, worthless and sometimes suicidal.

The common symptoms of teens with bipolar disorder having a depressed period include:

  • Guilty or worthless feelings
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Feeling very sad and emotional
  • Lack of energy and loss of interest in activities
  • Excessive thinking and speaking about death or suicide

A teen with bipolar disorder can swing from a manic to a depressed period in what may seem quite a dramatic manner, while in some cases the swing is gradual.

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There is no quick fix or antidepressant pill that controls or cures bipolar in teens. Bipolar disorder in teenagers must firstly be correctly diagnosed; each patient may present a different combination of symptoms. Doctors commonly treat bipolar with medication hoping for a quick fix that is often temporary or has a variety of side-effects. Upon proper diagnosis, a program that may include medication, and/or therapy can be established. Getting to the root of the disorder, and finding the triggers in the life of the patient are essential. Once known the correct course of action can be taken.

Once assessed, diagnosed and understood, bipolar in teens is something that can be controlled and treated. Many young adults go on to live perfectly normal and successful lives once the disorder is understood and the triggers known. Any GP or doctor may prescribe some form of medication; this may ease the disorder but can often lead to longer term problems if not addressed with a form of guided therapy as well.

Beachside Treatment Center and Bipolar Disorder

Beachside Treatment Center has a qualified and experienced team of professionals to properly and fully evaluate and treat teenagers with bipolar disorder. As a specialist mental health facility focusing on children, teens and young adults, Beachside Treatment Center provides individualized bipolar treatment programs designed specifically for teenagers. Delivered in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, the Beachside Treatment Center team treats each case individually to ensure the very best results.

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