Dating bipolar disorder
Symptoms of bipolar disorder depend on which mood you're experiencing.Unlike simple mood swings, each extreme episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks (or even longer), and some people may not experience a "normal" mood very often.
The psychiatrist diagnosed Jordan with bipolar disorder and prescribed a medication to regulate the extreme highs and lows of the illness.She also started Jordan in regular cognitive psychotherapy sessions to help educate him and his parents about the mood disorder and its treatment.Bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic or unusual mood swings between major depression and extreme elation, or mania. They can come on slowly or quickly, within hours to days.A proper diagnosis also allows parents to better understand their teenager’s behaviors so they can help when symptomatic behaviors occur.The main goal for parents of a bipolar teen is to learn the difference between typical teenage behavior and bipolar-influenced behavior.
Once they do, they can recognize the signs that a mood swing is starting, and learn the best ways to communicate with and ultimately help their teen successfully manage the illness.