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How do you tell the difference between regular teenage girl puberty and bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
11 doctors agree

In brief: Adolescent Bipolar

Bipolar disorder in adolescents usually presents with mood swings, impulsive risk-taking behaviors, rage episodes, pressured speech, insomnia, and in severe cases, self-harm & psychotic symptoms.

In brief: Adolescent Bipolar

Bipolar disorder in adolescents usually presents with mood swings, impulsive risk-taking behaviors, rage episodes, pressured speech, insomnia, and in severe cases, self-harm & psychotic symptoms.
Dr. Alan Ali
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar Definition

Bipolar disorder is defined as alternating between periods of major depression and periods of high energy, or it is defined as having at least one manic episode with several periods of major depression.
The mood swings associated with puberty are different from mental disorders, in that they do not seriously and adversely affect your life. People with mental disorders are often debilitated.

In brief: Bipolar Definition

Bipolar disorder is defined as alternating between periods of major depression and periods of high energy, or it is defined as having at least one manic episode with several periods of major depression.
The mood swings associated with puberty are different from mental disorders, in that they do not seriously and adversely affect your life. People with mental disorders are often debilitated.
David Escobar
David Escobar
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2 comments
Dr. William Holmes
Yes, a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder would require a severe level of difficulty of problems with mood swings with clear affects on daily functioning.
Dr. George Klauber
Bipolar disease often cycles over similar time frames, for example once every 6 months or yearly. Sometimes related to seasons of the year. Not the case with regular teenage behavior
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Adolescents

Adolescents have a wider range of mood swing & temperament problems than the usual population.
Doctors take this into account when making the diagnosis in a teenager. The childhood & family history plays a big role in determining bipolar diagnosis. Please see your pediatrician or adolescent specialist to determine if you do have a significant problem. See the nimh website.

In brief: Adolescents

Adolescents have a wider range of mood swing & temperament problems than the usual population.
Doctors take this into account when making the diagnosis in a teenager. The childhood & family history plays a big role in determining bipolar diagnosis. Please see your pediatrician or adolescent specialist to determine if you do have a significant problem. See the nimh website.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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