Teen Bipolar Disorder Description
Teen Bipolar Disorder is a Mood Disorder, characterized by teens experiencing intense mood shifts, which usually cycle between extreme highs and extreme lows. The changing moods often also cause other changes in the teens’ lives and energy levels and over time, can often make it difficult for teens to live and function healthily. The mood shifts of Teen Bipolar Disorder are much more prominent than mood changes that most people experience and are very unpredictable, which make it hard for teens to fend against them. Because of the nature of these mood cycles, it’s important for teens to have professional help in dealing with Bipolar Disorder.
Teen Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
The most prominent symptoms of Teen Bipolar Disorder are the wave-length mood fluctuations that are referred to as “mood episodes.” The “lows” of these mood fluctuations consist of overwhelming sadness, apathy, and often hopelessness. During these depressive episodes it’s also common for teens to experience extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, withdrawal from others, and even suicidal thoughts. During the “highs” of the mood shift, which are referred to as “manic episodes,” teens experience extreme happiness, excitement, energy, and sometimes feelings of inspiration. It’s common during these cycles for teens to be very wrestles and even unable to sleep for long periods of time, impulsive or risky behavior, an inability to focus, and moving and speaking quickly. As teens move from lows to highs and back, they might at times exhibit symptoms from both states, which is referred to as a “mixed state.”
There are several different subtypes of Teen Bipolar Disorder, which are categorized according to nature of symptoms. They include:
- Bipolar I Disorder
- Bipolar II Disorder
- Mixed Episode Bipolar Disorder
- Rapid Cycling Disorder
Teen Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Teen Bipolar Disorder Treatment at Paradigm San Francisco often includes several different aspects of therapy, including:
- Talk Therapy
- Behavioral Therapy
Because of the unpredictable, varying nature of the condition, the earlier the teens receive treatment the better, in order to provide teens with the support, knowledge, and resources they need, to safely and effectively navigate the mood swings. To this end, the first step in the therapeutic process will often be teens undergoing a thorough evaluation with a licensed psychiatrist, which will provide the groundwork for the treatment plan.
During both Talk and Behavioral therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to address what they’re feeling and experiencing, during the depressive and manic episodes. They will help support teens to reflect upon and identify what sorts of triggers and stressors may contribute to a cycle beginning and/or changing; what sorts of things help or aggravate symptoms; and how the mood changes affect other areas of the teens’ lives. Then, our therapists also work with teens to help equip them with tools and resources that will help them to navigate their experience, thereby increasing their overall quality of life and well-being.
In many cases, medication will also be prescribed for teens with Bipolar Disorder. For many teens, the medication can help to alleviate symptoms enough to provide teens with relief, which in turns help them to more successfully and fully engage in the treatment process.
Paradigm San Francisco
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic, residential teen bipolar disorder treatment. By drawing from a number of therapeutic approaches and resources, Paradigm San Francisco provides a treatment experience that goes beyond addressing teens’ symptoms and behaviors, and incorporates teens’ inner emotional experience. Paradigm San Francisco consistently ranks as one of the very best treatment centers in the country and worldwide.