Support for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder

Articles, advice and information from doctors, therapists, psychologists, moms, dads and other family members on education, socialization, stigma and getting support for children and teens living with bipolar disorder and their families.

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How to Tell if Your Child Has ADHD or Something Else

bp Magazine
October 21, 2018

Being easily distracted in class or taking a long time to finish schoolwork may seem like hallmarks of ADHD, but consider these overlooked causes:   Undiagnosed learning disorder There are some things that may look like a child is distracted – such as looking everywhere but at the schoolwork in front of him – that...

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The Negative Effects on Teens From Heavy Social Media Use

bp Magazine
October 21, 2018

There’s more than just a link between excessive social media use and higher rates of teen depression; there are other effects to be aware of: Lower self-esteem This is especially true with teen girls because they are comparing themselves with a flock of celebrities, photoshopped to appear thinner, prettier, and rich. Teenagers mistakenly view these...

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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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Bipolar & Kids: Supportive Suggestions When Your Child is Hospitalized

bp Magazine
April 3, 2018

When your child is admitted for psychiatric treatment it can be emotionally overwhelming. Follow these tips to stay positive and maintain your own health. Allow yourself to feel your emotions There will naturally be a flood of intense feelings about having your child in a psychiatric hospital, especially if this is the first time. As Julia Johnson...

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Super Bowl Champion Tells Teens 4 Tips to Get Mental Health Help

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March 13, 2018

Former NFL Linebacker Keith O’Neil secretly struggled with depression and anxiety. He was eventually diagnosed with bipolar and urges kids not to suffer in silence.   1. Know How to Ask for Help O’Neil: “I wish I would have known how to ask for help. I was going through something and didn’t know what it...

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Research: Sibling Bullying Could Make Serious Mental Health Conditions More Likely

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February 24, 2018

A new study published in Psychological Medicine concludes that often ignored trauma from sibling bullying may lead to serious mental health problems   According to a study by the University of Warwick published February 12 in Psychological Medicine, children who are perpetrators or victims of sibling bullying could be at greater risk of developing mental...

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Parental Guilt and Bipolar Disorder: Learning Acceptance

Carin Meyer
December 19, 2017

Parents cannot fix a bipolar disorder diagnosis. This leads to guilt and frustration, but once they accept it as a brain-based disorder, they can learn how to help. By Carin Meyer “I never want to leave you,” I whispered from the air mattress on the floor of our family cabin. I tried not to look...

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Bipolar & Kids: Making the Holiday Season Bright

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

Parents don’t have to forget about the magic of the holidays in order to ensure things run smoothly for children with mood disorders; here’s how: Let kids participate All children want to feel included and like they are able to help out. For some kids with mood disorders, this feeling of acceptance can be amplified....

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Bipolar & Kids: How To Monitor Your Child’s Moods

bp Magazine
October 15, 2017

One of the first steps in knowing whether your child needs treatment is by tracking moods, behaviors and lifestyle; here are three suggestions to do that:   #1 Keep a daily journal As much as you can notice, keep a written daily log of your child’s emotional state, sleeping patterns, activity level and diet. Within...

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Bipolar & Kids: 3 Secrets to Raising Calm Children

bp Magazine
August 6, 2017

Remaining calm in the face of life’s challenges is a critical skill to have; parents can teach this to their children—once they learn it themselves: #1 Decisions, decisions… Structure is good for children and it’s also calming. Well-intentioned parents think that by giving all kinds of choices to their children they are helping them develop...

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Sleep Tips For Parents of Teens With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
July 3, 2017

It’s not easy for parents to regulate the sleep habits of their teens; here’s a few tips: The problem According to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, only 8 percent of American teens are getting at least the required sleep to be cognitively and physically healthy (which is 9 hours a night); the rest...

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Better Mental Health: Public or Private College Students?

bp Magazine
June 12, 2017

Social Media Study Identifies Mental Health Culture at Top-Ranked Campuses   June 1, 2017, Newswise — Using information gleaned from social media, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a mental health index for the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. Their study looked at five years of data on Reddit, scanning it for...

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How to Help Children Cope When Tragedy Strikes

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June 4, 2017

Here’s how parents can help kids feel safe and process grief and fear after a traumatic world event: Communicate right away In the event of something tragic that happens that will undoubtedly receive wide media coverage, it is best to have a conversation with your children immediately about what has happened. Instead of hearing from...

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What Happens Socially to Children with Learning Problems

bp Magazine
June 4, 2017

Learning issues can also affect how children with bipolar connect socially with others; learn more:   Social cues are missed Some children with a behavior disorder often misinterpret the tone of a peer’s voice or body language and miss the point of a joke. Some also have trouble expressing themselves, may talk too much, interrupt...

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3 Powerful Ways to Free Children From Negative Thinking

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May 15, 2017

Here are some ways to free children from negative thinking and steer them away from destructive self-talk.   #1 Lend an ear It’s important to pay attention to the language your child uses because there are some essential beliefs you can either change or prevent altogether. Instead of brushing off negative comments from your child...

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How to Help Kids with Bipolar Disorder Deal With Disappointment

bp Magazine
May 8, 2017

Helping children with bipolar deal with failure sets them up for success; here’s how to help:   Validate their feelings It’s tempting to want to minimize feelings of disappointment for kids in an attempt to cheer them up and divert their attention elsewhere. However, remember children may need some comfort before thinking about other alternatives....

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4 Ways To Help Children Strengthen Their Resilience Muscle

bp Magazine
May 8, 2017

Parents of kids with bipolar disorder want to protect them, but failure is important.   #1 Teach the importance of failure By not being capable of dealing with failure will leave children exposed to the risk of emotional problems, like anxiety and depression. In strengthening their resilience muscle, children will build up the perseverance to...

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3 Tips For Keeping The Connection To Your Preteen

bp Magazine
April 13, 2017

As children—especially with a mood disorder—enter adolescence, everything changes; here’s how to keep the connection: #1 Take special time together Depending on your closeness as parent-child already, it’s important to make special time together. Life gets busy, especially if your child has a busy activity calendar or spends a lot of time with friends. Schedule...

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6 Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle For Children With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 30, 2017

As parents of kids with bipolar, we can help improve body, mind and soul. Here’s a start:   #1 Be the sleep gatekeeper Arguably one of the most important factors to regulating moods is sleep hygiene. And since most children are not in a position to self-regulate, it’s up to parents to help keep things...

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How To Understand and Support A Teenager With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 26, 2017

A management program for your teen’s bipolar diagnosis starts with awareness and support.   Powerful puberty For ‘neurotypical’ teens, as they take their first steps into adulthood, hormones rage, peer pressure intensifies, and rebelliousness arrives. It’s an emotional time for sure. However, for children with bipolar disorder, puberty creates a host of other intense challenges....

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