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​​Our Approach to Bipolar Disorder

Recommended Reading:
The Bipolar Child by Dmitri Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:
  Bipolar Children:

Resources on Bipolar Disorder that we recommend:

Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that

causes people to experience extreme and

rapid changes in mood and energy.  These

shifts often result in disruptive, or even

destructive, behavior that make it difficult

for children to perform at school or have

normal relationships with others. Similarly,

for adults it can significantly impact their

functioning on a daily basis causing a

disruption in necessary responsibilities

and close relationships. 

Estimates suggest that up to 1% of young

people experience Bipolar Disorder;

between 20%-30% of adolescents who

have an initial episode of depression

eventually develop Bipolar Disorder.

Psychotherapy is helpful in teaching children

how to cope with their mood changes.  Often,

family therapy is also necessary to help with

the effects of the child's behavior on the home.​