People who are dealing with a bipolar issue actually have to deal with many issues. One of the most heated issues in dealing with bipolar problems is whether or not medication is an effective treatment. This bipolar issue becomes particularly serious when it comes to medicating children diagnosed with bipolar disorder. There is a tremendous amount of research proving that while mood stabilizing medications are indeed an effective treatment for an adult afflicted by a bipolar issue, when it comes to a child the use of medication is questionable, and parents should be cautious and become well-informed before pursuing medication as a treatment option.
Some studies have shown that using antidepressant medication when dealing with a bipolar issue is likely to produce manic symptoms, if the antidepressant medication is used as a treatment without any type of mood stabilizing medications to counterbalance the effect. It is for this reason that both adults and children dealing with a bipolar issue are often given both antidepressants and mood-stabilizing medications. Additional studies have shown that children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as a bipolar disorder have increased manic symptoms when being treated with stimulant medications such as antidepressants. If your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or exhibits similar symptoms, it is extremely important that they be checked for bipolar disorder before any medication is administered.
If your child suffers from a bipolar issue and you decide that medication is a treatment option, be sure to thoroughly discuss what medications will be implemented during the course of treatment with both the child’s medical doctor and counselor or therapist. Become familiar with all the potential side effects of your child’s medication, and monitor your child closely through the entire treatment process. Keep a written log of your child’s behavior both before and during treatment with medication and immediately alert your child’s doctor of any changes in behavior or any concerns that you have. Close monitoring and working closely with your child’s doctors is the best way to make sure medication plays a positive role in treating your child’s bipolar issue.