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Bipolar Disorder in Troubled Teens


Troubled teens that are acting out with mood swings, have low self esteem, or are becoming violent may have bipolar disorder. Often times signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder is not the same in teens as in adults. Diagnosing troubled teens with bipolar disorder takes plenty of observation and is very complex. Often times if parents or family of troubled teens have bipolar disorder, teens are more likely to suffer from this disorder because of genetics.

Troubled teens that struggle with bipolar disorder will have high highs and lowest of lows, they can be extremely happy or irritable. Troubled teens are more likely to express their sadness or depression with anger. Teens have a difficult time expressing their feelings, therefore parents, peers and adults like teachers must look for the symptoms of troubled teens with bipolar disorder. 

Symptoms of Troubled Teens with Bipolar DisorderBipolar Disorder In Troubled Teens

Separation and social anxiety
Easily distracted
Depression and Sadness
Oversensitivity (over emotional) 
Risk taking behaviors
Suicidal thoughts or tendencies 
Self harm or self defeating behaviors
Oppositional behavior or ODD 

Bipolar disorder can often times cause troubled teens to lack motivation to do activities they once enjoyed doing such as sports, video games, and socializing. This is caused by the depression side of having bipolar disorder. Not only do troubled teens with bipolar disorder loose motivation but some times they gain or loose weight because of lack of or over eating. Sleeping behaviors can go through a drastic change in troubled teens with bipolar disorder. Troubled teens with bipolar disorder might become more sexually active, experiment with drugs and alcohol and skip school.

These are dangers that parents should watch for, as they can be detrimental to troubled teens. However, there is hope for parents of troubled teens with bipolar disorder. Residential Treatment Centers provide teens with a structured, safe, and caring facility for them to recover and heal. Troubled teens with bipolar disorder can find healthy ways to express their emotions in residential treatment centers as well.

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