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Recognizing Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Posted May 22 2009 9:10pm
EverydayHealth.com has posted an article about recognizing bipolar disorder in children and teens that is very interesting. Click here to check out the article!

I believe my depression started as a child, probably around the age of 12. Just as the article mentions, I had many physical symptoms, such as headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches and exhaustion. At the time, the doctors merely looked at my physical symptoms and never connected them to my emotional health. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Although I don't know if I suffer from bipolar disorder or depression, I do know that I could swing between mania and depression several times in a day. One minute it would feel as though the world was going too slow and my brain was moving at the speed of light, understanding everything. Then the next minute I just wanted to crawl into bed and sleep the day away. Not to mention the crying bouts that came about for no reason at all.

Thinking about the level of care I received as a teen, I am inclined to believe that doctors are getting better at recognizing depression and bipolar disorder in children and teens. Which would mean that there hasn't necessarily been an increase in cases, but rather a decrease in misdiagnoses.

What do you think?
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