Bipolar disorder in teens is characterized by dramatic changes in mood, energy, and well being. Teens move rapidly between ups and downs. These rapid changes in mood are known as “mania” and “depression”. Bipolar disorder in teens can develop at any point during the teen years, and left untreated can lead to abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs, poor academic performance, and suicidal ideation. Knowing the signs of mania and depression is important in getting your teen treated as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of mania include:
Symptoms of bipolar-related depression:
Bipolar disorder in teens is more common when one or more parents or relatives have the disorder, as well. Researchers haven’t found the specific gene causing bipolar disorder in teens, but more research is being done.
Asheville Academy for Girls is a residential treatment center in a traditional school setting for young girls ages 10-14. Asheville Academy helps treat bipolar disorder in teens with a therapeutic community setting and a clinically intensive program. Taking an experiential, personalized approach to therapy, Asheville Academy helps girls with emotional and behavioral struggles reconnect with their families.
Recently, the American Heart Association published a statement describing recent findings of a connection between mood-related disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder in teens and an increased risk for markers of heart disease. The possible connection between mood disorders and heart-related health, according to researchers, is inflammation and oxidative stress. In the brain, excessive inflammation and oxidative stress can impair the brain’s circuitry. The markers causing the inflammation can also damage the innermost lining of blood vessels.
An article in HealthDay details actress and singer Demi Lovato’s struggle with bipolar disorder. By being open about her disorder, Lovato is able to live a healthier, happier life. She has a supportive network of family and friends to help her when she’s feeling the lowest of lows. “It’s not something that anybody should be ashamed of in the first place. It’s a disease like any other disease,” Lovato said. “And it’s hard to ask for help, but when you ask for help it’s actually showing strength, rather than weakness.”