Dublin: Breaking the Silence: 11: Understanding Children’s Mental Distress: Bipolar Disorder

14 Feb

BREAKING THE SILENCE: 11: CHILDREN’S MENTAL DISTRESS: BIPOLAR DISORDER: ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF ALL PERSONS WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER HAVE SUBSTANCE-ABUSE AND DEPENDENCY PROBLEMS:

*Bipolar disorder:

A symptom of bipolar disorder, especially common amongst teenagers is extreme mood-labiality (rapid changes in mood).Adolescents with bipolar disorder develop normally until the illness first manifests itself; their lives are then severely disrupted by the illness.

In fact, Bipolar disorder is especially disruptive to adolescents, more so than to other groups.

Major milestones, such as dating, may be delayed for years until the disease is brought under control. School-work also suffers because cognitive functioning is affected and concentration impaired.

Teenagers with manic-depression are likely to abuse drugs or alcohol in an attempt to alleviate the anxiety caused by the condition. Roughly two-thirds of all persons with bipolar disorder have substance-abuse and dependency problems.

 

Unless it is treated, the illness gets worse with each episode and harder to control. In addition, 15% of those who fail to receive adequate treatment for bipolar disorder commit suicide.

 

(* Authors note: See Suicide-risk factors. ‘Bipolar Affective Disorder’.)

Common misdiagnoses,

of bipolar disorder- include schizophrenia, drug and alcohol dependence, uni-polar disorder and personality disorders. It is common to suffer from bipolar disorder for as long as seven to ten years without having the condition diagnosed and treated. In the context of law, suicide is important in relation to its predictability, its prevention and the great potential for claims of negligence to be taken against a doctor, in the event of a completed suicide.

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