Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic depression, was once thought not to affect children and was a mental illness only with an adult on-set. This was probably because the symptoms of bipolar disorder closely mimic or can actually concur with other child and teenage behavior problems such as ADHD and Conduct Disorder. However, current medical research clearly indicates that bipolar can indeed occur in young people. In fact, it has been found that even those who seemed to have shown symptoms of bipolar later in life, more than likely exhibited signs early on that went undiagnosed or were misdiagnosed.
The good news is there are Bipolar Centers that specialize in the recognition and treatment of bipolar disorder. At a Bipolar Center you can be sure to find not only treatment for your child or teen suffering with the disease, but support and training that can help you and your family cope with its devastating effects. The treatments that you are likely to encounter at a Bipolar Center or clinic have largely grown out of what has been proven to be effective in managing the disease in adult patients. However professionals who specialize in the treatment of bipolar in children realize that they are not merely “mini-adults”, and tailor their treatments to the specialized needs of youths suffering from this difficult disorder. These treatments will mainly include medications such as anti-depressants and mood stabilizers, combined with a course of regular cognitive and psychological therapy sessions that each member of the family is urged to attend.
Slowly, research is showing us that children can suffer from just as many mental disorders as adults. Not too long ago it was almost unheard of for a young child to need the help of a bipolar center, or any other mental health facility for that matter. The more we get into the behaviors of children and teens the more we realize that mental diseases are not caused by life, but may be something one is born with.