The teenage years are characterized by a rush of hormones and changes in the teen’s life. These days, teens have so many pressures coming at them from all fronts: in the home, at school, from peers, in the media, on social media, and so on.
So many things could be going on that signs of mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder, can be easily overlooked. These signs can simply be shrugged off as mood swings and simply the pains of teenage life. After all, those extreme highs and lows as well as unpredictable behavior can just be attributed to all the drama that is part of adolescence.
And herein lies the danger. If a mental disorder is not tough enough, many people, even teens, who go through such conditions can also have tendencies to be addicted to drugs, alcohol, or certain activities. At such a precarious yet critical stage in their lives, teens need all the help they can get.
Knowing the signs of bipolar disorder in your teen can help save you a lot of trouble in the long run–and even get them the help they need before things get worse. After all, bipolar disorder is one of those conditions wherein addiction can also co-occur, and if both are left unchecked, this can set off a downward spiral that could be the life of the growing teen.
Signs of bipolar disorder in your teen
Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings and drastic shifts in energy level. There could be episodes of extreme sadness followed by burst of energy, focus and sleeplessness.
When they’re down, teens may feel hopeless, depressed, and even suicidal. Meanwhile, when they’re manic, they may talk fast or have racing thoughts, causing them to be restless or aggressive.
If your teens show signs of bipolar disorder, with mood swings lasting for days or weeks on end, then they should be evaluated by a professional. A doctor in fact can help rule out other possible causes of the mood swings and determine if psychological intervention is necessary.
However, if your teen has been showing signs of bipolar disorder along with substance abuse, then they may have what is called a co-occurring condition. This must be addressed by professionals as soon as possible.
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