The behavior of every person in a family affects the whole group, whether good or bad. It is no wonder, then, that teen bipolar affects family relationships as well as the teenager with the disorder himself or herself. The signs of bipolar, whether in teens or adults, can be hard to recognize at times, often masking as other things. Understanding the complex signs of bipolar disorder can be the starting point for helping a troubled teen.
The ups and downs of bipolar
As the name implies, bipolar disorder has two sides to it—the manic and the depressive. On one hand, teens in a manic phase can exhibit extreme and sometimes rapid mood changes switching from silly and funny to angry and even aggressive—and then back again. They showcase an increase in their energy and rate of speaking. Distractability is common and the risk of poor decisions is high.
In a depressed phase, teenagers can be irritable, aggressive or sad and show little interest in activities that they typically enjoy. They may report physical ills and tend to have low energy levels and be bored by most things around them. They may begin sleeping or eating more than normal and even have thoughts of suicide.
What parents can do
Getting help is critical if you suspect your teen has bipolar. He or she needs your intervention as do all members of the family. The experience of teen bipolar affects family members every day and the right help is important.