Thursday, June 23, 2005

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

We came upon this site while doing some research, and they seem to have good information and resources for families in need - particularly for young folks. Often it's the families that suffer greatly while trying to get help for their loved ones. The more resources and connections we can make the better.

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: "Bipolar disorder is difficult to recognize and diagnose in youth, however, because it does not fit precisely the symptom criteria established for adults, and because its symptoms can resemble or co-occur with those of other common childhood-onset mental disorders.

In addition, symptoms of bipolar disorder may be initially mistaken for normal emotions and behaviors of children and adolescents. But unlike normal mood changes, bipolar disorder significantly impairs functioning in school, with peers, and at home with family."