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Bi-Polar Disorder Diagnosis

Your Bi-Polar Pathway

An initial 1.5 hour assessment will be required.


During this time your doctor will cover the points below:

  • Pharmacological treatment may be required ONLY if in agreement.

  • 30 minute follow ups will be dependent on treatment and as and when necessary depending on severity.

  • If Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or family therapy is necessary a referral will be made.


Definition of Bipolar Disorder


Children with Bipolar Disorder have unusual mood swings. They may be very happy and active, considered as mania or feel very sad and less active, considered as depression However, it differs from normal ups and downs in the sense that it is more severe. Bipolar affect children in their late teens.


Bipolar mood changes are called "mood episodes." Your child may have manic, depressive, or "mixed" episodes. Children and teens with bipolar disorder may have more mixed episodes than adults with the illness. These episodes may last a week or 2 weeks and for most of the day.



Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder


Children and teens having a manic episode may:

  • Be in an overly silly or joyful mood. It is different from the times when a child may usually get silly and have fun

  • Have an extremely short temper

  • Sleep little but not feel tired

  • Talk a lot and have racing thoughts

  • Have trouble concentrating and focusing on one thing

  • Talk and think about sex more often

  • Behave in a risky way


Children and teens having a depressive episode may:

  • Be in a sad mood that lasts a long time

  • Lose interest in activities they once enjoyed

  • Feel worthless or guilty

  • Complain about pain more often, such as headaches, stomach aches and muscle pains

  • Eat a lot more or less and gain or lose a lot of weight

  • Sleep or oversleep when these were not previous problems

  • Experience loss of energy

  • Have recurring thoughts of death or suicide



Treatment of Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar Disorder is not curable but is treatable with medication, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics or clonidine and talking therapy.