Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Articles, advice, information and personal stories from doctors, therapists, psychologists, moms, dads and other family members relating to the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in children and teenagers.

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What I Wish I Knew About Raising a Child With Mental Health Challenges

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July 20, 2018

As a parent looking back to the years of raising a child/teen with either bipolar, ADHD or anxiety, the following tips would’ve been helpful to know:   That education is essential Many parents looking back wish they had been more informed to the minutiae and particular symptoms of their child’s mental health challenges. Instead of...

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The Ultimate Guide for Parents of Kids With Mental Health Challenges

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July 20, 2018

These parents have gone through it—whether it’s raising children with bipolar, anxiety or ADHD—and they are offering up some words to the wise:   Acknowledge and accept “None of us signed up for this journey. I know I didn’t and neither did my son,” says one mother of a son with bipolar disorder. “However, it...

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When Your Child is Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

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July 20, 2018

While there’s no handbook on how to cope with all the challenges, we asked parents who’ve lived through the diagnosis for their best coping strategies:   Make sleep a priority Adequate rest is important for the entire family! Explains one parent: “In the early years of my son’s journey, we tried many options and the...

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What Parents of Kids with Bipolar Want the Public to Know

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July 20, 2018

In a climate of stigma and unawareness, the right information matters; here are three things that parents of children with bipolar would like others to know:   Bipolar is not contagious! Bipolar is a brain-based disorder and has symptoms that are more powerful than normal moods that kids without bipolar experience. “There was nothing my...

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Top 10 Lessons Learned By Parents of Children With Mental Health Challenges

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July 20, 2018

Families are experts when it comes to helping kids who deal with bipolar, anxiety or ADHD challenges; so we’ve asked some parents to share what they learned along the way:   #1 Make your voice heard While it’s wise to trust the professionals, you may also have to speak up and intervene if you feel...

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Mom Shares Experience With Daughter After Her Own Bipolar Diagnosis

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July 2, 2018

With her daughter grown and stable, Lori* was hit with exhaustion, depression and a financial crisis leading to her own diagnosis at age 58. Q. What made you think there might be something amiss with your daughter? Looking back, my daughter came out of the womb as a difficult child. My first, and only child,...

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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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Using the Power of Love to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

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June 20, 2018

While steady self-care does take effort, there is one ready–made power source from which to draw strength and prevent burnout: a parent’s love. Smile more A very simple, yet extremely effective habit to start: smile every time your child walks into the room, says writer and mother of five Julia Johnson Attaway. “The look of...

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4 Ways Parents of Kids With Bipolar Can Practice Self-Care

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June 20, 2018

The ongoing stress of raising children with acute needs can put parents at risk for medical issues as well; find out how to stay healthy and balanced: #1 Basic self-survival It’s essential that parents take their own self-care  seriously, writes Juliann Garey, journalist and clinical assistant professor at New York University. Some important, yet basic...

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How to Help Your Child Manage Medication Weight Gain

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June 20, 2018

Weight gain is possible with many medications, but by following these tips, you can help both prevent and manage medication-related weight gain in children and adolescents: Keep a journal If possible, at the start of your child’s medication treatment, record everything i.e. their Body Mass Index (BMI), weight, waistline measurement and track any blood work...

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