Bipolar Disorder is sometimes misdiagnosed and/or undiagnosed in children for several reasons, even though, even though the symptoms of bipolar may be very obvious to the parents of such children. There are several reasons for this:
Symptoms of mania include elevated or irritable mood, and a decreased need for sleep. They may also exhibit racing speech, and increased amount of speech, as if they just can’t seem to 'turn it off.' They may have grand delusions, which may start as play-acting, but continue longer than they should. Physical activity may increase and may include excessive involvement in fun but risky activities. Mental activity may also increase, but they may show poor judgment. In severe cases, hallucinations may be experienced.
Symptoms of depression include long periods of sadness and perhaps even crying spells that may or may not have an obvious cause to them. They may sleep too much or have trouble with falling asleep or staying asleep. They may seem to be very tired all the time. They may have low energy, which may or may not be because of their sleep problems. They may show increased agitation and irritability. They may be withdrawn, and no longer show interest in activities they normally enjoyed. There may be an observable and significant change in their appetite.
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