Does my child have Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is one of the most misunderstood disorders in children (may also be called ‘early-onset Bipolar Disorder’). Many children who have Bipolar Disorder are misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), since typical adult Bipolar symptoms are applied to the child. Much more is known now about Bipolar Disorder in children and how the symptoms differ from adults. Children are at particular risk if both sides of the family has a history of mood disorders, like depression or Bipolar Disorder, or alcoholism. Recent research shows that over 80% of children who have Bipolar Disorder come from families where mood disorders or alcoholism run in the mother’s family and in the father’s family. If your child has frequent mood swings and seems totally out-of-control and you are completely exasperated trying to figure him/her out, take this quick assessment to learn the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in children and help you determine if your child should be evaluated for Bipolar Disorder.