Bipolar Disorder In Children

Bipolar ChildrenSome common symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in children that you want to be aware of are moods, behavior, frustration of learning, and his/her perceptions of life and actions are all signs of childhood bipolar.  You don’t want to confuse a child’s imagination with a mental illness. A child with bipolar disorder may appear to be gifted in your abilities in the form of art mastering language, poetically or musically inclined, or they may show superiority in athletic competition. Generally speaking the symptoms may be because manic or hypomania episodes are not viewed as a negative thing by parents or teachers. On the flip side children to express signs of depression in which they may lose motivation, energy, changes in sleep, and eating patterns. They may express a preoccupation with death expressed through their artwork or poetry. It is not uncommon for a child to inflict pain on him or herself such as cutting oneself. They may experience rage over the inability to concentrate focused, perform athletically or just fit in. A child may respond to a situation inappropriately crying when he or she should be laughing, laughing when he or she should be crying, or just having crying spells for no reason at all. There are so many things to consider with the diagnosing of childhood bipolar disorder that they are misdiagnosed. A child may appear to be ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) dyslexic, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) have cognitive learning disabilities or anxiety. It is not uncommon for a child to have one or more of the disorders as well as bipolar disorder at the same time. The diagnosis of a child really needs to be done by a pediatric psychiatrist who can make an accurate assessment and prescribed the proper treatment and medications. This is not a job for your family doctor! It is better if you keep a day-to-day diary of her child’s moods and behaviors so that the pediatric psychiatrist can make a proper diagnosis.