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Teen Bipolar Disorder | Paradigm Malibu

Problems that can Accompany Teen Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar is a mood disorder that affects mood, emotions, and perception. The main characterizing symptom of this disorder is a swing in moods from depression to mania. Typically, euphoria, elation, racing thoughts, irritability, and substance use are common symptoms of a manic episode. The symptoms of depression that certain imbalances in the brain…

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March 30th is World Bipolar Day

  Approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population 18 years or older are affected by bipolar disorder each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. March 30 is World Bipolar Day, a day devoted to raising awareness of bipolar disorder to help eliminate the stigma. March 10th…

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Teen Mental Illness | Paradigm Malibu

Untreated Teen Mental Illness Brings Greater Risks

There are a number of adolescents who experience mental health symptoms and who likely have a diagnosis. However, they are not getting the treatment they need. The common forms of teen mental illness, such as Bipolar Disorder and Depression, can lead to suicide or other forms of harm if they go untreated.   In fact,…

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The Challenging Life of a Bipolar Teen

Bipolar Disorder is not an easy illness to cope with. It’s somewhat tricky because parts of the disorder itself feels good. Bipolar is a mood disorder that consists of both depression and manic periods. When the depression hits, you know you’re not feeling so good. But when you’re in a manic episode, you feel great.…

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The Difference Between Bipolar I and Bipolar II in Teens

Teen Bipolar Disorder is an illness of the mind that affects an adolescent’s mood. While most people are familiar with depression and its associated experience of low energy, many teens and their parents don’t understand the complex nature of Bipolar Disorder – and for good reason. It’s a psychological illness that is multifaceted.   Bipolar…

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Bipolar Disorder in Teens Versus in Adults

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. For children and teens, Bipolar Disorder will develop in about 1-5% of those under 18 years of old. However, when Bipolar Disorder develops…

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Teens with Bipolar Parents May Display Risky Sexual Behavior

Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a mood disorder, a mental illness experienced by teens, adults, and even children. It’s considered to be a mood disorder because someone with this diagnosis experiences disturbances in mood, ranging from the highest of highs (mania) to the lowest of lows (depression). You might also know this disorder as “manic depressive”,…

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Depression to Bipolar, Mood Disorders | ParadigmMalibu.com

From Depression to Bipolar, Mood Disorders are No Longer Just for Adults

Traditionally, the field of psychology saw major mood disorders as existing in adults only. However, today, those disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, are seen in adolescents. In fact, recent studies have found that as many as 15%-18% of teens have experienced a mood episode by age 18.   A mood episode is either an…

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Teen Treatment Resistance To Bipolar Disorder and Depression

Typically, when teens experience a mental illness, there are clear forms of treatment that have shown to work in psychological study and research. However, there are some cases in which treatment doesn’t seem to be effective. Some teens with bipolar disorder or major depression do not respond to the typical treatment that works well for…

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Teen Bipolar Disorder: Clear Answers To Complex Questions – Part Two

This is a two part series covering teen Bipolar Disorder along with diagnosis and treatment. These two articles are meant to provide clear and simple information so that your questions can easily get answered.   The first article in this series defined the disorder, its symptoms, and what teens can expect. This article will explain…

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Teen Bipolar Disorder | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Bipolar Disorder: Clear Answers To Complex Questions – Part One

Bipolar Disorder is a complex mental illness. For this reason, gathering information about the illness shouldn’t be difficult. Any parent or caregiver as well as teens should be able to access the information they need, when they need it.   The following questions and their answers are meant to provide simple information using simple language…

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