Archives

Depression Comes in Many Forms Even Among Teens

Posted on June 17, 2014 in Teen Depression

Depression Comes in Many Forms Even Among Teens

While many of us may talk about feeling depressed, what we often mean is that we are not as ‘up’ as usual. True depression is a lot more than feeling a little bit blue. When depression strikes teens it can affect nearly everything in their lives: how they are able to perform at school; parent/child relations; straining existing friendships and making it tough to forge all-important adolescent friendships.

Read More

Depressed female teen holding her hea

Posted on February 17, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

How to Treat Bipolar Depression in Teens and Younger Children

Bipolar depression is the term mental health professionals use to describe the episodes of depression that appear in people diagnosed with various forms of bipolar disorder. Current evidence indicates that teenagers and younger children diagnosed with a bipolar condition frequently experience depression as their first and predominant bipolar-related symptom. In a study review published in August 2013 in the journal CNS Spectrums, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch examined the current state of knowledge regarding the treatment of bipolar depression in teens and children. The researchers concluded that there is a strong need to develop proven treatment options for people in these age groups.

Read More

mood disorders teens

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Mood Disorders Increasingly Common in Adolescence

Everybody knows teens can be moody. But mood disorders are more than the emotional ups and downs common to all adolescents.

The most common mood disorders fall into two categories: bipolar disorders and major depression. Less than a generation ago, physicians believed that mood disorders only affected adults. Doctors now believe they nearly always begin during a person’s teen years, making it hard to do the things they need to do on a daily basis.

Read More

Substance Use Disorder Risks in Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Posted on January 8, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Substance Use Disorder Risks in Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is the common term for a group of mental illnesses that center on unusual, dysfunctional fluctuations in normal mood. The American Psychiatric Association currently recognizes three main forms of these illnesses, as well as several secondary forms. People affected by a bipolar disorder have increased chances of developing a substance use disorder (the term used to describe problems with substance abuse or substance dependence).

Read More

Posted on December 9, 2013 in Teen Mental Health

Teens With Bipolar Disorder More Likely Than Peers to Have Substance Use Disorder

Research has shown that having one form of mental illness puts a person at risk for a second form of mental illness.

A 2008 study took a narrow look at how teenage onset bipolar disorder (BPD) may predispose a young person for a substance use disorder (SUD). The research concluded that people who are diagnosed with BPD during early adolescence face a significantly higher risk for substance abuse than teens without the disorder. Those findings are not only helpful in identifying a particular risk factor, but they arm physicians with important information to share with bipolar disorder patients.

Read More