We have all heard of the term Bipolar disorder but, don’t know exactly what it is or what it means. There are many symptoms of Bipolar disorder that we don’t know about. There are many ways to treat and prevent adolescent and children Bipolar disorders that many people don’t know about. There is a Bipolar I disorder, Bipolar II disorder, Cyclothymia, and also Bipolar disorder not otherwise specified. But how do parents of a bipolar child is suppose to handle their behavior? How do the parents know what stage of bipolar there child is at? What treatments should a bipolar child do and take?
What Bipolar disorder is?
Bipolar I disorder is one of the most severe forms of mental illness and is characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and (more often) depression. On the Internet Mental Health website Phillip W. Long M.D. states that; “The condition has a high rate of recurrence and if untreated it an approximately 15% risk of death by suicide.” He also states that; “It is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15-24years, and is the 6th leading cause of disability (lost years of healthy life for people aged 15-44years in the developed world.”
Bipolar I disorder is a lifelong disease and runs in families but has a complex mode of inheritance. “About half of all patients with Bipolar I disorder have one parent who has a mood disorder, usually Major Depressive Disorder. If one parent has Bipolar I disorder, the child will have a 25% chance of developing a mood disorder about half of these will have Bipolar I or II disorder, while the other half will have Major Depressive Disorder). If both parents have Bipolar I disorder, the child has a 50%-75% chance of developing a mood disorder. (States P.H. Long M.D. on the Internet Mental Health site.)