Children and Teens
Most people with bipolar disorder develop this manic-depressive condition in their late teens or early adulthood, though symptoms can develop in much younger children as well. Children with bipolar disorder undergo extreme changes in mood and behavior, feeling unusually happy and energetic during manic episodes, and becoming very sad and less active during depressive episodes. Symptoms are often severe enough to interfere with school activities and relationships with family and friends and can lead to self-destructive behavior. Treatment bipolar disorder in children and teens may include medication and family-based therapy.