Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Does your child go through intense mood changes? Does your child have extreme behavior changes? Does your child get much more excited and active than other kids his or her age? Do other people say your child is too excited or too moody? Do you notice he or she has highs and lows much more…

5 Foods to Avoid If You Have Bipolar Disorder

Can an unhealthy diet play a role in triggering bipolar mood swings? According to recent research, the answer is “yes.” In fact, certain foods — such as caffeine, alcohol, and fatty foods — could lead to worse outcomes, finds research in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research. It’s a good idea…

Could It Be Bipolar? 7 Signs to Look For

What is bipolar? Highlights More than 5 million people in the United States have bipolar disorder. Unless you have severe mania, bipolar can be difficult to diagnose. Approximately 1 in 5 people diagnosed with bipolar also have borderline personality disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme mood swings from high (mania) to…

10 Subtle Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar symptoms When it comes to mental illness, there are plenty of stereotypes. But in reality, mood disorders can be hard to pinpoint—particularly in people with bipolar disorder symptoms. “Chalking it up to moodiness or trouble at work or tiredness is pretty common,” says Carrie Bearden, PhD, an associate professor in residence of psychiatry and…

Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

The most effective treatment for bipolar disorder is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Most people take more than one drug, like a mood-stabilizing drug and an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine, or antidepressant. However, it’s important that treatment be ongoing — even after you feel better — to keep mood symptoms under control. One note of caution:…

6 facts about bipolar disorder that you should know

Depressive moods, mania attacks and other things about the condition you never knew about. While we talk quite often about depression, it is also important that other mental health issues get equal prominence regarding awareness. Like depression, another condition that needs our attention is bipolar disorder. Often we mistake symptoms of bipolar disorder for excessive…

Finding a balance: Scherer’s quest to cope with bipolar disorder

LEOMINSTER — Alan Scherer was 11 years old when he tried to kill himself. It was around Christmas, and he had just gotten into an argument with his mother over what to watch on TV. He threatened to commit suicide if he wouldn’t be allowed to watch “Buck Rogers,” one of his favorite shows. “Who’s…

Can Adults with Bipolar Adopt Children of Their Own?

Adults with bipolar disorder may think they are excluded from adopting a child because of their condition. This cannot be further from the truth. While the process may be a little different, you can adopt a child even if you’ve been diagnosed with mental illness. One author shares her initial phone call inquiry: The First…