Tips For Bipolar Concerned Parents

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that has been around for thousands of years. It is often characterized by extreme changes in mood, energy levels, and behavior — what some people call “up” and “down” phases. These changes can be very different from one person to the next and even within the same person over time.

Understand the symptoms and signs of bipolar disorder.

  • Understand the symptoms and signs of bipolar disorder.
  • Recognize the symptoms of bipolar disorder in yourself or your child, and get help if you suspect that he or she may be suffering from it.
  • Be aware of how other mental illnesses can mimic bipolar disorder, such as depression and schizophrenia.

Learn about the different types of bipolar disorders and other conditions with similar symptoms.

The first step to helping your child is learning about bipolar disorder and other conditions that may have similar symptoms.

Learn About the Different Types of Bipolar Disorder:

  • Bipolar I disorder is characterized by manic episodes that last at least one week, along with depressive periods lasting at least two weeks. There may also be periods of normal mood between the episodes. People with this type of bipolar are at risk for