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When a Child Has Bipolar Disorder

A diagnosis of bipolar disorder for a child can devastate parents and confuse children. And yet every year, doctors inform form thousands of parents that their child is exhibiting manic or depressive symptoms.

Because children take their clues from parents, it is important to remain upbeat and hopeful when a doctor asks you to explore the possibility that your child may have a mood disorder.

Indeed, it is reasonable to remain upbeat and hopeful.

When Your Teen Has Bipolar Disorder or Depression

Experts coach parents to expect the worst during the teen years: defiance, acting out, drug experimentation, even minor criminal activity. With friends moaning about their children’s attitudes and outrageous stunts, it’s easy to assume your teenager’s behavior falls in line with the norm. It may and it may not.

It can be difficult to separate teenage moodiness from a more serious mood disorder like bipolar disorder or clinical depression.

Traumatic Events and Mood Disorders

Virtually no one gets through life without experiencing some kind of trauma. Whether it’s a violent act, a natural disaster, a divorce or a death, we all struggle to regain our footing after an initial shock.

Technological Treatments for Mood Disorders

In the past twenty years, researchers and therapists have made incredible strides in the treatment of mood disorders. Medications have gotten more specific and potent. Side effects have been minimized. The variety of medications and their use in combination have helped millions. Sometimes, however, patients do not respond to medication and/or therapy to the extent they would like. In these cases, individuals explore the possibility of technological treatments to relieve symptoms and treat the illness itself.

Using Nutritional Supplements to Treat Bipolar Disorder and Depression

In the past two decades, researchers from all corners of the globe have come up with amazing medications to help relieve the symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.

Healthcare professionals stay current on the research and prescribe those medications that have the best results. Often, however, they bypass nutritional supplements and herbal remedies. And who could blame them?

Handling Mood Changes as We Age

Do you feel sad and empty? Irritable? Anxious? You can feel better.

As we age, changes bring stress into our lives. Children move away. Serious illness disrupts routines. Deaths of loved ones weigh on us. Our moods may plummet for a while, but if we manage to recover in a reasonable amount of time, our lives continue in meaningful ways. When sadness lingers, however, a treatable mood disorder may be behind it. Our retirement years do not have to be gloomy.

What Is Depression?

For Teens Only: Helping a Friend with Extreme Moods

“My friend recently wanted to show me some fantastic ideas she had. When she gave me the piece of paper, the words were written horizontally, but then another layer of words was written vertically on top of that. There were lines, circles and arrows going all over the page. At first I just thought it was her brilliance, but now seeing some of the other things she’s been doing, I think something’s seriously wrong.”

For Teens Only: Could I Have Clinical Depression or Bipolar Disorder?

Every annoying adult will tell a teenager that adolescence can be a troubling time. Hormones drive moods and the struggle to find both identity and your place with friends can be a touch and go experience. Observing friends’ moods can help you gauge whether your own fall outside the typical range or not.

When your feelings seem more intense—either when you’re happy or when you’re sad— than those of your friends, it’s worth exploring the signs and contours of a mood disorder.

Clinical Trials and Meta-Clinical Trials for Mood Disorders

A good portion of us (particularly those with treatment-resistant depression) wait with baited breath for the results of a clinical trial. While we web-surf through the progress of various clinical trials, let’s not forget the usefulness of the meta-clinical trials. These are surveys or studies of multiple, separate clinical trials.