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Experiencing frequent “highs” (manic) and “low” (depressive) moods so extreme that interfere with regular activities. Symptoms in the manic phase range from restlessness and irritability to poor judgment and a sense of invincibility. Depressive episodes may be filled with sadness, anxiety and low energy.
An estimated 3.1-7% of young Americans, ages 15-29.
It can be difficult to detect the difference between a “normal, moody” child and one struggling with bipolar disorder. Look carefully at how extreme, frequent and debilitating your child’s mood swings seem.