Bipolar disorder is an unfortunate mental illness that can wreak havoc on the lives of struggling adolescents. The turmoil that comes from normal hormonal changes is miniscule in comparison with the long term damage bipolar disorder can produce. This mood disorder is characterized by cycling shifts of mood, temperament, and energy. Troubled teens with bipolar disorder who do not receive professional help will suffer problems in school, at home, and with peer groups. Wingate is a wilderness adventure therapy program that helps troubled teens overcome their bipolar disorder and bring balance back to their lives. If you are the concerned parent of an adolescent who needs to bring their bipolar disorder under control, now is the time to seek professional guidance. Call (800) 560-1599 to speak with our informative admissions counselors.
Signs of Bipolar Disorder in Troubled Teens:
Mania- an episode of euphoric feelings, high self-esteem, more energy, reckless behavior, experimenting with drugs and alcohol.Depression- periods of hopelessness, sadness, feeling angry, sleeping or eating too much or too little, suicidal thoughts.Hypomania- fluctuating mood swings without the highs of mania.Mixed Episodes- simultaneous experiences of mania, hypomania and depression, energetic but hopeless and irritated.Rapid Cycling- quickly alternating from manic symptoms to depressive symptoms and back again within mere hours or days. Mood episodes with bipolar disorder are intense and noticeable by friends and family. Biochemical and environmental factors play a role in bipolar disorder, so a family history of bipolar disorder greatly increases the likelihood the it will be inherited while imbalances in neurotransmitters can lead to irregular moods. Troubled teens with this illness are more likely to turn to alcohol and drugs which makes the condition harder to diagnose and treat. If you are the parent of a troubled teen who is displaying signs of bipolar disorder, it is imperative to take immediate action and seek professional help. There are wonderful treatment options available that can restore balance to adolescents with mood disorders. WinGate is a therapeutic wilderness adventure therapy program that helps troubled teens with bipolar disorder delve into the root causes of issues through individual and group sessions with licensed counselors and experiential therapy via hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. There is hope for struggling adolescents. For more information on how WinGate can positively change the lives of troubled teens, please call our kind admissions directors at (800) 560-1599 today.