Is your child overly emotive most of the times? It could be bipolar disorder.

Being emotive is a good thing. Showing true emotions is a matter of equality in all genders. But what if a child is overly emotive most of the times and experiences sudden mood swings more frequently than average? This could be a reason to be concerned. It can even indicate bipolar disorder. Even though the issue is diagnosed in older children and teenagers but children of all ages are also prone to get affected by this disorder. Feeling irritated or agitated are common amongst kids and is quite natural but if the rate of occurence is too high, it is highly likely to result in hypertension. This could further lead to serious depression in children.

Bipolar disorder is not the general mood swings a child faces but are the extreme recurring ones that bother the child. The bipolar symptoms often exhibit themselves through disturbed sleeping patterns, erratic energy levels and fluctuations in the overall attitude of the child. Keeping a track of what emotion shoots up and when can help with the diagnosis of the disorder as well. The condition technically does not have a root cause. It can through heredity or due to an anomaly in the brain structure of the child that changes the way it reacts to certain stimuli in the child.

With an early diagnose, the disorder can be treated effectively. The right combination of drugs include antidepressants, mood uplifters, and anti-anxiety medicines. The only issue with the treatment is the fact that a limited dose can delay the treatment process a bit however, it is always better to ‘start low’.
Therapy is another way to treat depression in children suffering from bipolar disorder.  Play therapy can work wonders with kids where a space of mutual communication is initiated and the child can explore ways to cope with his/her problems in a better way. At the time of treatment, not only a lot of patience, love and care are needed but also a strong support from the school and family is essential. School counsellors must help the child feel accepted and appreciate him in every way.

Patience is key when dealing with a child with bipolar disorder. That alongside medical attention from mental health professionals can help reduce the symptoms of the disorder and regulate their mood swings. Understanding your child’s requirements can be pivotal in ensuring they have a regular upbringing.

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