Bipolar disorder in teens presents in similar ways as it presents in adults. Because of young people’s unique physical, emotional, social and psychological challenges, bipolar disorder in teens can masquerade as extreme examples of normal teenage behavior.
Posted on June 17, 2014 in Teen Depression
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.
Posted on May 24, 2014 in Mental Health
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings, from positive and active to depressed and lethargic. When bipolar disorder affects a teenage girl it can wreak some gender-specific problems.
Posted on April 3, 2014 in Teen Mental Health
Introduction to substance use often occurs during adolescence. Teens may be willing to take risks that adults are not, experimenting with substances that carry dangerous side effects. Some teens may go on to develop a substance abuse problem which may plague them into adulthood.
Posted on March 21, 2014 in Teen Mental Health
Lee Thompson was known to many people as a Disney TV star on The Famous Jett Jackson. Later in life he co-starred on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles. But his rising star had plummeted due to years of depression and he committed suicide in August 2013.
Posted on March 14, 2014 in Mental Health
Oftentimes medical research provides information about what should be done to help someone. Sometimes it reveals what should not be done. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio, reported in the journal Bipolar Disordersthat teens at risk for bipolar do not fare well when treated with antidepressants.
Posted on February 17, 2014 in Teen Mental Health
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.
Posted on January 29, 2014 in Teen Mental Health
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.
Posted on January 8, 2014 in Teen Mental Health
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).
Posted on December 9, 2013 in Teen Mental Health
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.