Is your child bi-polar?
How do you know if your kid is bi-polar? This question is hard to answer simply due to the fact that bi-polar disorder is not something that can be physically tested for and, a bipolar diagnosis is in fact nothing more than a opinion given by a medical professional, as is schizophrenia and depression. Many people believe sudden mood changes in teenagers are usually the first signs of bi polar disease, however, sudden mood changes can be caused by several factors. So does my child have bi polar disease? The following things need to be looked at when you are faced with the possibility of your child having this attention defect known as bi polar disorder. Please continue reading these symptoms of bipolar disorder in children to follow my guidelines that you may not find anywhere else.
Mood swings are one of the very first signs that something in your child is amiss. This however, does not mean that he or she can have bipolar disorder. Mood swings are very common in all teenagers and often experienced due to biologically based causes. Some of this may include abuse, emotional trauma, death, family problems or abnormal hormone development. Although mood swings are one of the first symptoms of bipolar disorder, please make sure you rule our all other possibilities for this before you mistakenly label your child.
Does your child have a self-destructive behavior? Destructive behaviors may include fast driving, anti-social, drugs, wrong friends and suicide attempts. This however doesn't mean that your child is bipolar, as destructive behavior are common amongst teenagers. Destructive behavior being part of bipolar disorder depends on the child's home environment as well as any other extenuating factors.
Usually when a child has bipolar disorder, he or she will often describe a feeling of inability to feel whole. This means that they will feel as if they have a hole inside them that they cannot fill. Almost as if there is something missing inside. This usually involves something emotional, something they have had or felt before, and not anymore. The inability to feel whole often leads to self destruction or the child being outlandish.