Every child, indeed every person experiences mood swings. In the bipolar child, however, these episodes are extreme and interfere with his or her ability to function in school or other aspects of everyday life. A Bipolar Child will exhibit any or all of the following:
- Impulsive Behaviors
- Deep Depression or Sadness
- Separation Anxiety
- Deliberate Defiance of Authority
- Sleep Disorders
- Nightmares or Night Terrors
- Accelerated Speech Patterns
- Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors (in older children and teens)
If your child is exhibiting these behaviors or patterns, he or she may be a bipolar child, especially if there is a history of mood disorders in your family. While science has yet to determine a specific gene for Bipolarism, manic depression is known to run in families. Diagnosing a bipolar child can be difficult, in fact, it is only in recent years that conventional medical wisdom concluded that manic depression does indeed manifest in children.
Experts suggest you can help in making a proper diagnosis by keeping a regular log of your child’s behaviors and mood swings. Record any behaviors that fit those described above, and keep a record of sleep patterns. If you do have reason to suspect that you are the parent of a Bipolar Child, please seek the help of a qualified professional, with early and proper intervention a bipolar child can go on to lead a useful, happy and productive life.