teen bi polar therapy

As parents, we all know that teens can be moody.  You may feel like you are living in the middle of a storm, never knowing what emotion might blow your way.  But when is your teens’ mood swings just typical moodiness, or when it is something else?

Bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings that are very intense, and are noticeable to family and friends.  A bipolar teen’s moods will swing from depression to something called mania.  While some teens might be giggly and super talkative, a teen with mania might be hyper-excited, silly, and have laughing fits in class that are inappropriate. They may act defiant and refuse to comply with any authority at home or at school.

Mania is:

  • Racing speech and thoughts.
  • Decreased need for sleep.
  • Elevated mood and exaggerated optimism.
  • Increased physical and mental activity, more energy.
  • Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior, and impatience.
  • Hypersexuality, increased sexual thoughts, feeling or behaviors; use of sexual language.
  • Reckless behavior, like excessive spending and making rash decisions.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Inflated sense of self-importance

Depression is:

  • Feeling sad, down, or blue
  • Lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Increased irritability.
  • Fatigue or less energy.
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, or helpless.
  • Sleeping too much, inability to sleep, or difficulty falling asleep.
  • Concentration issues.
  • Loss of appetite or overeating.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Therapy can help your teen learn to manage their mood swings.  Medication can also help reduce symptoms.  If you think your teen might be struggling with bipolar disorder, call and make an appointment today.

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