Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression. It is a serious illness, but the good news is that it is treatable. It is a brain disorder that results in severe mood changes in children. They may also feel fluctuating energy levels and show extreme behaviors.
This disorder was seen only in adults, but now even children are affected with it. Many doctors diagnose this as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), but now it has been proven that bipolar disorder can also be the culprit.
The symptoms of this disorder are
1) Highly irritable mood with varying intensities. Uncontrollable anger.
2) Severe, sudden or unexplained depression.
3) Rebellious attitude; not heeding to authority or violently disobedient.
6) Daring behaviors, or behaviors that can lead to disastrous consequences.
7) Hyperactivity; highly agitated on confrontation; easily distracted; alarmingly fidgety
8) Inability to judge situations and act accordingly. For example, throwing something at a
9) Illusory perceptions, illogical or irrational thinking.
10) Insomnia or over-sleeping.
The above are the general symptoms. These symptoms can start as early as infancy and continue till adolescence or even for a lifetime. If any child or adolescent has suicidal feelings or attempts suicide might suffer from this.
Causes for bipolar disorder
Scientists have not found a cause that can be singularly pointed to at as the catalyst for this disorder. However, research has found out that many factors act together to trigger bipolar disorder. Most of the results that have emerged out of research point to a genetic cause. It has been found out that bipolar disorder runs in families.
How to treat bipolar disorder in children
The following are the ways to treat this disorder in children
1) Food – Give the child Omega 3 supplements. This will control the disorder to a large extent. Try to give natural food instead of canned food. Try and reduce the salt and sugar in the child’s diet.
2) Exercise – Make the child do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Exercise releases relaxing-hormones that may regulate the child’s behavior
3) Counseling – Regular counseling from qualified counselors can be given to the child to overcome aggressive and rebellious behavior