Bipolar Disorder in Children: Helping Your Child Prevent Manic Episodes
The more you know about Reference bipolar disorder Opens New Window, the better you will be able to help your child or teen cope with this serious mental health problem. There are many steps your child can take to help avoid manic episodes and to recognize and deal with an episode when symptoms begin. Your child or teen should:
- Exercise, eat a balanced diet, get a good night's sleep, and keep a consistent schedule to reduce minor mood swings that often lead to more severe episodes of mania.
- Take medicines according to the doctor's instructions to help reduce the number of manic episodes.
- Avoid triggers such as caffeine, alcohol and drug use, and stress to help prevent manic episodes.
- Learn the warning signs and seek early treatment to avoid more severe, prolonged manic episodes.
- Have a plan of action in place and a support system to help follow the plan when symptoms of a manic episode start.
- Have certain people at school or at home who know how to help during a manic episode.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 12, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry