Kids with Juvenile Bipolar Disorder
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Kids with Juvenile Bipolar Disorder

The juvenile bipolar disorder (JBD) is manic-depressive mental illness that affects both children and adolescents. The kids with juvenile bipolar disorder are usually diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The juvenile bipolar disorder (JBD) is manic-depressive mental illness that affects both children and adolescents. This chronic mental condition is usually characterized with by sudden mood swings, intense temper outbursts, frustration and oppositional defiant behaviors. Possibility of developing JBD primarily depends on the genetic component. Family history of mental illness can be a crucial factor in diagnosing bipolar disorder. There are, however, the other factors as well. Environmental conditions, chemical and hormonal imbalance can cause development of such mental conditions too.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are different in children than in adults. Kids suffering from this disorder are often irritable, angry and easily annoyed. Their mood changes can easily go from silly and goofy to depressive, bored or even suicidal. They usually experience terrifying nightmares which can seriously affect their sleeping and cause insomnia. Most of the kids and adolescents suffering from juvenile bipolar disorder are often withdrawn away from social life. Escape from the social life is one of the first and crucial symptoms of JBD. However, recent studies have shown that it takes approximately ten years for correct diagnose to be made.

In many cases juvenile bipolar disorder was overlooked or misdiagnosed because of the common belief that this disorder is rare in children. However, recent researches have shown that bipolar disorder may begin very early in life and that it occurs more often than it was considered. In some cases juvenile bipolar disorder is accompanied with other childhood psychiatric disorders. The kids with juvenile bipolar disorder are usually diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children with multiple disorders are usually labeled with psychiatric terms: “Depressed”, “Oppositional Defiant Disorder”, “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” or “Separation Anxiety Disorder”.

The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation is an organization that supports studies of juvenile bipolar disorder conducted by a consortium led by experts from medical schools such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard University, Rockefeller University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Their mission is to gain new insights in the fields of neuroimaging, molecular genetics, neuropsychology and phenomenology to help the kids with juvenile bipolar disorder. These children are usually treated with antidepressants and stimulants which can easily worsen their condition. Some drugs used in treating such disorders can cause an addiction and many other negative side effects. Developing a treatment plan and regular consulting with JBD specialist are crucial for a good therapy.

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Comments (3)

Great for parents who think those mood swings are just a teen age phase, oh he or she is just at that age, etc.

Having friends who suffer from this disorder, my heart goes out to bi-polar juveniles. The standard treatment can be so detrimental to children so young. It is good that further medical investigation is happening. Thanks for such an interesting article.

Well done with valuable information to parents and teachers too.

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