Anyone have a teenager with bipolar disorder?

Diana - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am wondering if my 15 year old son has bipolar disorder. I have a friend whose husband has it, and she has told me some of the symptoms. I am not completely sure, but am suspicious of some of the things he does. He also has a learning disability, slow processing speed, and struggles in school GREATLY.
Anyone have a child with this disorder that could give me some advice or information on what to look for?

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Christine - posted on 10/18/2009

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YES!!!! OMG YES!!!!!

My youngest daughter (18) was diagnosed a few years back with bi-polar...and it has been a total night mare, and still is. It the most challenging ever with her, her moods and emotions out of control, her behavior out f control!
My daughter was the same way, struggled all through school, the teachers just pushed her right through, never helped her much, not she is basically re-doing parts of her schooling, could not concentrate long enough to get anything done!
Here is an awesome sight for bi-polar, for kids, teens, everything........
Bi-PolarCentral.com (David Oliver)
this is an sweome sight for getting some serious help, the man who runs it is great, lots of help, and so much there to look at, so check out that and see if you can get some omore help. He offers good information for parents and teens with Bi-polar, parents who have kids with BP and offers good advice and help!!
hope that helps you!!

Sarah - posted on 10/18/2009

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Diana, I myself am bi-polar as well as my 17 yr old daughter. I wasn't diagnosed till until I was 32, I'm 45 now, and my daughter was diagnosed when she was 11 at the end of 5th grade. The best way to understand it and know what to look for is to go online and research it. The mood swings, manic phases and depressions can all effect people differently. However if you have any questions I would have him seen by a Pyschiatrist to get a proper diagnoses. If you find yourself in need of someone to talk to, you may contact me at any time. Many blessings to you and yours!

Joyce - posted on 11/19/2013

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Hi my daughter is 19 yrs. old and I'm not sure if she is bi polar but she is in counseling and trying to find a psychiatrist for her. But she is 19 so it is very hard at this point bc they are considered adults.

Karla - posted on 10/17/2009

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Diana,

I noticed that no one answered you for several days and I couldn't bear for you to feel alone. I was diagnosed with BiPolar disorder about 15 years ago. I am 47, but there are actually different types of bi-polar. Mine is kind of a mixed-state which means, when I am sick I am extremely anxious and depressed at the same time. Most bi-polars swing from highs to lows with the highs almost being euphoric, but I don't ever experience the high or euphoria that some do. I guess during this phase people tend to do things that are out of character. Things that maybe as risky or impulsive. I have suffered from depression and anxiety most of my life and it was many years until I was properly diagnosed. Even then it has been a constant battle to keep it stabilized.



The main thing is, I never want any one (or their family members) suffering from any disorder like this to feel that they are alone and that no one understands because that, for me, has always been the worst part. I am no expert, but I have dealt with the healthcare system in this regard. My son also suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and is doing better now, but I have been through some trials with him as well. If you want to talk or ask me anything, you can reach me here or at abbyray1@hotmail.com

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April - posted on 10/21/2009

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first having bi-polar means you need help form a mental health person. So start there. Even if you may not have health insurance or money to pay there are many ways around the $ when it comes to mental health. Bi-polar has many different types. I too have bi-polar. treating with medication for 12 years. Have had a mild form of anxiety since I was a child. I have an older child with Bi-polar an Autism. Three other children functioning in the normal range so far. Treatment as soon as possible is best. Spring and Fall tend to be worse for many. Staying inside away from others. Not being social or involved. Sleeping more than normal. But I can say that sometimes a person can have their pattern thrown off. For many reasons. Sunshine, rain cold. Noise. being ill. What you or another person want is not personal or intended to be offensive it is just survival to us.

Vicky - posted on 10/21/2009

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well i have a 16 year old that was diagonose since she was 10. she had lots of depression with bouts of high energy. The high energy is the mania side. She has been susidal and homisidal. lots of moodiness worse than normal teen. she cried a lot. i sometimes didnt no if the lows were the worst or the highs. She takes her meds now and does okay unless you put her into crowds then she will panic. if you think your teen has problems mentally and i dont mean that in a bad way. i would take her to see someone. i have bipolar too and it can get scary for me at times. if you need anymore info feel free to send me an email vicpoff6263@yahoo.com there are so many symptoms. i would just take her to check. My daughter has a lot of bad thoughts and i have walk the floor many a night making sure she was safe. hope this helps some. vicky

Melissa - posted on 10/20/2009

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My oldest son, who is 15 has been diagnosed with Bipolar at the age of 8 and has other issues as well- Reactive attachment disorder, ODD, OCD, PTSD. Bipolar is when you have highs and lows and they cycle. Matthew before meds would be extremely hyper and thinking he was invisible, and then 30mins later, wanting to kill himself and others around him. This would happen at least 10 times a day, Now he cycles in weeks- good, no issues, for about a month to 6 weeks, and then 6weeks of PURE hell. The older he gets the more aggressive he gets. I can always tell how the bad 6 weeks are going to be based on how good he is the weeks before. Now granite, since he has other issues, your child may not be this bad. If you want any info, let me know and I will answer any questions.

Dawn - posted on 10/19/2009

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My son is 17 and is bipolar. He is a very carring, sweet, and generous person. Then with the snap of his fingers he is irretable, frustrated, and obnoxious. When he is happy, he is very happy and nice. But when he gets angry, watch out. I've never been physically afraid of him. But, he is very aggressive. He get aggitated very easily. He has hit a few walls and doors. Then in the blink of an eye he is good again. He too has learning dissabilities. If you think your son needs some kind of help, please don't wait any longer. Being a teenager isn't easy. But, to be a teen with a dissorder. That is down right scarry. My son sees a behavioral specailist.

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best thing to do is consult your medical practitioner, Symptoms are different in every individual...also teenagers seem to act very strangely at times, It could just be his moods depending on his situation,

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