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The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to help your child or teen cope with this serious mental health problem. There are many steps your child can take to help avoid manic episodes and to recognize and deal with an episode when symptoms begin. Your child or teen should:
Learn to recognize the early warning signs of a new manic episode. This is one of the most important ways to avoid a full-blown manic episode. If you catch the episode in its early stages, your child may be able to avoid an intense manic episode by avoiding triggers that are causing the new mood change. You may want to keep a chart to record your child's mood changes and the things that may trigger those changes.
General behaviors linked with a manic episode include:
The best way to manage a manic episode is to help your child avoid triggers that can cause mood swings and conditions that might make manic feelings more intense. Some simple lifestyle adjustments can help. Work with your child to:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
Current as of: May 3, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & David A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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