The sad reality is that bipolar disorder is not just an inconvenience to the sufferer and their family; it is a condition that can be very dangerous with incredibly dramatic mood swings that often come without any warning. Teens and adolescents with bipolar disorder have been known for turning uncontrollably violent within seconds of hugging you to show their thanks for your support. Things can turn ugly almost instantly with irrational outbursts and relentless attempts to harm others or even themselves.
Bipolar behavior, even in young children, can include uncontrollable thoughts of suicide. According to the Centers of Disease Control, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and the third leading cause of death for teenagers 15-19. With statistics like this you must take your child’s illness very seriously being careful to understand that these behaviors are known for coming out of nowhere with no child exempt.
Other severe or dangerous Bipolar Behavior can manifest in violent verbal abuse, bullying or cruelty to animals, self-mutilation and other self-destructive behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Age inappropriate sexual behaviors or hyper-sexuality are also not uncommon. For these reasons if your child or teen is exhibiting any types of bipolar symptoms such as:
- Mood Swings
- Rages & Explosive Temper Tantrums (lasting up to several hours)
- Marked Irritability
- Oppositional Behavior
- Restlessness/ Fidgetiness
- Silliness, Goofiness, Giddiness
- Racing Thoughts
- Aggressive Behavior
It is important that you seek professional help as soon as possible before the condition escalates to bipolar behavior that can put your child or other family members at risk