Our Approach to Bipolar Disorder
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.