Teenage Bipolar Symptoms

2013 Bipolar Update

Teenage Bipolar Symptoms

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the number of reported adolescent bipolar patients so much so that the quest to understand teenage bipolar symptoms is becoming front and center in many medical institutions. In adults, the diagnosis for bipolar disorder is more or less straightforward given that adults are more likely to be attuned to and perceptive of what is happening to them, thereby raising the red flag that something is wrong. In teenagers, this might not necessarily be the case.

Consider; we’ve always associated the pubescent stage of growth as trying times for any normal teenager. This is when the hormones first present themselves as powerful factors in determining a child’s disposition. In many cases, doctors are only beginning to realize that many of the so-called pubescent tantrums and weird behavior might not actually be part of the adolescent stage but rather a nasty consequence of bipolar disorder in teens. What we have always termed as normal teen behavior might be indicative of something else, perhaps teenage bipolar symptoms among others.

Of course, these teenage bipolar symptoms are really not that different from what adults experience. The caveat is that teens respond to them in a different way, perhaps as a means to understand the changing world around them. The usual symptoms are there, but they can be hidden behind a plethora of teen behavior.

Depression. There are many cases of teen suicides today, and most of it we attribute to bullying or social pressure, but this can also be brought about by a certain level of bipolar disorder in teens.

Being overly emotional. Women, in particular, have a regular monthly cycle that they go through when hormones wreak havoc on disposition and emotions. It is not inconceivable to think that bipolar disorder can be hidden behind this cycle.

Being overly agitated. We’ve always associated “energy” and “robustness” with teens but agitation can also be a sign of bipolar disorder.

The bottom line is that teenage bipolar symptoms can be masked by a lot of the behaviors that we associate as normal to teens; hence, delaying our ability to report these in time and have it diagnosed.

There is a need for early detection of teenage bipolar symptoms because the state of the brain at this stage opens itself up to effective medication. Anti-depressants typically target the brain to change its chemistry and at a younger age, the brain is more susceptible to these influences than if the individual were older. As such, correcting teenage bipolar cases has a higher chance of success. Consequently, as the patient ages, the ease of treatment of bipolar disorder changes significantly.

If you are observing extreme behavior in your child, the best way to be certain if they are indeed teenage bipolar symptoms is to check with an expert in the field. Do not delay the process of reporting if you are seeing potential red flags. Learn to be judicious, keen, and sensitive so you can spot the signs that will help you arrest the illness early and stop it in its tracks before it becomes more serious.