Depression, Mania and Symptoms of Bipolar in Children and Teens

Articles and information from therapists, psychiatrists and families on recognizing and treating mania, depression, isolation, obsessive behavior, mood swings and other symptoms of bipolar disorder in children and teens.

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4 Ways to Help Kids Overcome the Cycle of Anxiety

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June 20, 2018

As parents we all want to protect our children from their anxieties, but we can inadvertently make things worse; here’s four ideas to help children manage anxiety: #1 Be positive, but realistic It’s ok to express your own confidence that your child is going to manage, and that every step she takes, her anxiety level...

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How Siblings of Kids with Bipolar Can Be Affected

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April 22, 2018

Experts believe more attention needs to be placed on how mental health challenges impact the other children in a family; here are some considerations: Feeling Overwhelmed The sibling of a child with bipolar, or other mental health condition, can be overwhelmed with emotions when his sibling acts out, perhaps witnessing a volatile tantrum or maybe...

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How to Recognize Depression in Younger Children

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April 22, 2018

Even young children can become stressed and depressed. It’s important not to overlook what could be mistaken as problem behaviors; here’s some help: Behavioral symptoms These array of symptoms can vary according to age, but some common behavior-related clues for signs of depression in children include: withdrawing from friends; crying for no apparent reason; irritability;...

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5 Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder in Your Teen

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December 10, 2017

A teenager who has enough social fear that it interferes with normal functioning could have social anxiety disorder; here are five ways to tell: #1 Excessive fear Not only do many kids with social anxiety disorder have extreme fear about certain social occasion, but they are then also fearful of appearing anxious about it because...

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Bipolar & Teens: 3 Common Triggers For Mood Episodes

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October 15, 2017

It’s not always easy to spot the early warning signs of mania or depression in your child. Here are a few ways that could help:   #1 Sleep-wake cycles Sleep is such a common trigger, according to David Miklowitz, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel...

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Teens & Bipolar Depression: Coping Strategies to Try Today

bp Magazine
August 2, 2017

It can be a heartbreaking and frustrating process to watch your child struggle with bipolar depression; but there are simple coping strategies that work: Just be there By just being there for your teen, engaging in the relationship, strengthening your empathy for what she’s going through is an enormous first step. Realize that it will...

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What to Know About Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in Kids

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July 23, 2017

DMDD more accurately categorizes some children previously diagnosed with pediatric bipolar disorder.   What is it? A relatively new disorder, DMDD describes kids who may be chronically irritable and who have frequent explosive, severe temper outbursts that seem out of proportion with the situation. Some of these children may have previously been diagnosed with bipolar,...

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Research: Youth With Bipolar Display Significant Cognitive Dysfunction

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July 7, 2017

A new study suggests that children with bipolar disorder appear to have significant cognitive deficits that affect learning and memory.   April 1, 2017, FORTALEZA, Brazil—Children with bipolar disorder appear to have significant cognitive deficits that affect learning and memory, a new study suggests. Brazilian, British, Australian, Canadian, Spanish and Danish researchers conducted an analysis of...

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Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety in Children

bp Magazine
July 3, 2017

It’s not always easy to recognize depression or anxiety disorders in children; start here:   Change in mood With a depressive disorder, kids can be irritable, and angry and then their moods will change; you’ll find them sad or crying one minute and lashing out the next. They may exhibit low self-esteem or seem to...

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How to Recognize Acute Stress Disorder in Children

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June 4, 2017

If your child has suffered a traumatic event, here’s what you should be on the look-out for: What is acute stress order (ASD)? Children who experience a traumatic event may develop anxiety-type symptoms in the weeks after the experience. ASD usually occurs within a month of the event and lasts at least three days and...

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