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Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescents)

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood and energy. It can also make it hard for someone to carry out day-to-day tasks, such as going to school or hanging out with friends. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. They can result in damaged relationships, poor school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. Bipolar disorder oft (More)


Understanding Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescents)

  • Bipolar Disorder (MedlinePlus)
  • Childhood Bipolar Disorder - Video (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Major Ups and Downs: Bipolar Disorder Brings Extreme Mood Swings (National Institutes of Health)
  • Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorders (OSU Wexner Medical Center)

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  • What is Bipolar Disorder? (NIMH)
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  • What affects a child’s risk of getting bipolar disorder? (NIMH)
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  • What illnesses often co-exist with bipolar disorder in children and teens? (NIMH)
  • What treatments are available for children and teens with bipolar disorder? (NIMH)
  • What can children and teens with bipolar disorder expect from treatment? (NIMH)
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