How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

Psychiatric Eval. By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder.

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How might one explain bipolar disorder to a child?

Depends on age. 3-7 year olds need a very simple explanation. Older children or adolescents should participate in discussions of their condition with the doctor. Together, parents, physician, counselor & patient form an interactive team to educate, discuss, treat & improve the life of a bipolar child. Use a volcano metaphor as a simple form of explanation. One explodes for no (or minimal) reason then cools down. Read more...
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...
How old is child. Younger they are, the more concrete examples like storms and strong weather changes that take over your feelings.Others have used a roller coaster metaphor. Or mood thermometer with different colors indicated heat of rages, yellow for between and blue for sad and asking where are you at this time.My Bipolar, Roller Coaster, Feelings Book by Bryna Hebert (Mar 31, 2005- great reviews. Read more...

Can they diagnose teenagers with bipolar disorder?

Yes. Teenagers with bipolar disorder have an ongoing combination of extremely high (manic) and low (depressed) moods. Highs may alternate with lows, or the person may feel both extremes at close to the same time. Bipolar disorder usually starts in adult life, before the age of 35. Although rare in young children, it does occur in teenagers. This illness can affect anyone. However, if one or both parent. Read more...
Yes, it happens. If a teen/child is having major rages, aggression and rapid mood changed multiple times per day, then have the pediatrician rule out medical causes. If so they then refer you to a child psychiatrist to consider. Find out if the child psychiatrist has experience with pediatric bipolar/ has actually had many such case under treatment. If less aggressive, referral to therapist with expertise in area. Read more...

Why is it difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder in children?

One reason is that. BP disorder in children usually first looks like ADHD, which in my opinion is on the more mild end of the same spectrum. Three questions need to be asked to differentially diagnose ADHD from BP. They have to do with focus when mood is normal, being disorganized only when mood is abnormal, and emotional dysregulation (can't stop the mood in a timely manner). You need a prof. to do this well. Read more...

What is one of the best medication to treat type 1 bipolar disorder?

That depends. If the person is acutely manic than an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. Mood stabilizers are helpful for long term treatment. Different people respond better to one drug than another. It is very individual. Many of my patients are happy with Lamictal as well as abilify (aripiprazole). But that doesn't mean they are the best. Read more...

Is there a bipolar disorder that causes intense rage one second and then massive guilt the next?

Sounds as if... Sounds like you have some mood instability. It is best to see a mental health professional who can help you in diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Mood instability can be a part of bipolar disorder but it does not mean that is exactly what it is. Read more...

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...
Small. Small but greater than chance. Although there are genetic predispositions in the development of bipolar disorder it clearly is not the significant determiner. Read more...

What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

Several. There are several good ones. A few: "an unquiet mind" by jamison; "the bipolar disorder survival guide, second edition: what you and your family need to know" by miklowitz; and "when someone you love is bipolar: help and support for you and your partner" by cynthia last. Read more...

Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Diagnosis of. Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. Read more...