Bipolar Disorder Among Children & Adolescents

Bipolar Disorder Among Children & Adolescents

COUN 5140 Psychopharmacology


Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that will cause mood, energy and intellectual processes to cycle. Bipolar disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. The diagnosis of children is often missed and children who have it may suffer needlessly for years or even decades. Bipolar symptoms that are not treated can have tremendous negative impact on the character of children and their social development. The cycles of bipolar disorder put children out of “sync” with others in terms of their mood, energy and intellectual processes. In the beginning, the changes are so minor that a parent might not notice.   Many people conclude that early signs of Bipolar disorder are merely normal childhood or adolescent behavior.   But for the bipolar child their experience is something else entirely.   Bipolar disorder has been diagnosed in children under age 5, although it not common in this age bracket. At this age it can be confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and depression, so careful diagnosis is necessary. Some cases of bipolar disorder have a late onset. Some people are not fully symptomatic until age 30 or so.   In my paper, Bipolar Disorder Among Children& Adolescent, I will discuss the meaning of dipolar disorder, the four main subclass, and diagnosis of bipolar, symptoms, signs, medications, treatment and cognitive-behavioral techniques. If you want to be an effective counselor you need to have knowledge of all the different situations you may encounter in this field of helping other.


What is Mental Disorder? A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological or behavioral pattern that occurs in an individual and is thought to cause distress or disability that is not expected as part of normal development or cultures (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1996-2009).   Mental disorders are also...