Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

By: Nicolette Lombardi

Bipolar disorder causes people to experience noticeable extreme changes in their mood and behavior. Researchers are studying genetic mechanisms that link to bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders. Research has proven that people have a higher chance of being diagnosed with the illness if a close family member has the same genetic variations as them. Stressful life events can increase the chances of someone developing a bipolar disorder.

Children and teens having a manic episode will feel very happy or ‘up’ while a depressive episode results in the feeling of hopelessness or ‘down’. This disorder is usually diagnosed in adulthood but symptoms may appear earlier in childhood.

Children/ Teens experiencing a manic episode:

  • Intense happiness for long period of time
  • Short temper
  • Trouble sleeping but not tired
  • Trouble focusing and experience racing thoughts

Children/ Teens experiencing a depressive episode:

  • Unprovoked sadness
  • Increased irritability and anger
  • Little energy and no interest in  previous activities 
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships

If you or someone you know is struggling with bipolar disorder, please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit


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