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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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How might one explain bipolar disorder to a child?

Bipolar explaination: It depends on the age. Bipolar disorder affects primarily one's mood. For kids, that often results in behavioral disturbances. I would explain to a young child, that he or she has a problem with: "taking charge of yourself, " as that would seem to be the case overall. Ask your child what you can do to help him or her take better charge of themselves. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you explain to your child that he has a bipolar disorder?

How do you explain to your child that he has a bipolar disorder?

Talk behavior not dx: Labels such as bipolar disorder are useful shorthand but convey little information, especially for children. Simple, age-appropriate descriptions of the problem--e.g., "you get upset really easily, " you get so mad that you break things or try to hurt yourself"--are far more likely to get your child on board with the treatment plan of "we want to help with that." diagnosis can wait till later. ...Read more

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What kind of behaviors in a child would get diagnosed as bipolar disorder?

Multiple Problems: Bipolar disorder in children usually includes high levels of hyperactivity along with severe problems related to the mood. There may be dramatic and inpredictable mood swings, or there may be a mixture of depression with irritability or euphoria occurring within short periods of time. Impulsivity is frequently present with severe behavior problems. Temper outbursts and aggression may occur. ...Read more

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If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?

If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?

Higher risk: A study in the lancet (2009) showed that if sibling a has bipolar, the sibling b is 8 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Other studies place the relative risk range between 7 and 10 times. This translates to a 5-20% risk. ...Read more

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How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

Testing: Your child will need to have a comprehensive history taking, physical exam, and specific psychological testing that will help in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. There may be other disorders that are present and can be established during this evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you do if a child with bipolar disorder has a tantrum and is destroying property in the home?

Get help: Tantrums and aggressive outbursts are often symptoms of the disorder and can respond to appropriate medication. Behavioral interventions often don't work until the mood is stabilized with medication. Working with a good child therapist is often very helpful in establishing how to deal with negative behavior, again after the mood is stabilized. ...Read more

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How to explain a parent's bipolar disorder to a child?

By good example: Depending on age, bipolar is a brain disease that can affect how someone feels and behaves. It can be managed with good treatment and healthy lifestyle and worsened by drug and alcohol abuse. I think it is important for children to know that they are at risk so that they avoid things that might trigger the illness and get early tx. Some of the best outcomes are in the children who headed parent. ...Read more

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Can bipolar disorder be passed genetically to my child if I become pregnant?

Can bipolar disorder be passed genetically to my child if I become pregnant?

Yes: Bipolar illness is currently felt to be "oligogenic", which means 2 or more genes, working together, contribute to produce the illness. The approximate risk for a child of a parent with bipolar illness developing bipolar illness themselves is about 10x the risk for the general population.Keep in mind bipolar is a "spectrum ilnness" with greatly varying levels of impairment from mild to severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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