Friday, July 17, 2009

Teen Bipolar Depression Symptoms

Kids and teens with Bipolar Disorder have manic and/or depressive symptoms. Several may have generally depression and others a combination of manic and depressive symptoms. Highs may alternate with lows.

Manic symptom include:
  • strong changes in mood-either unusually laughing or ridiculous, or very reactive, inflamed, pushed or hostile
  • surrealistic highs in self-esteem - for example, a teen who feeling all authoritative or like a superfighter with special powers
  • serious increase in vigor and the ability to go with short or no rest for days without feeling drawn
  • increase in talking - the teenager talks too much, too fast, switches topics too quickly, and cannot be interrupted
  • distractibility - the young's attention moves perpetually from one thing to the next
  • repetitive high risk-taking behavior; such as, abusing alcoholic drink and does drugs, reckless driving, or sexual promiscuity

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