Bipolar disorder in children

Bipolar isn’t just something that happens to adults; it happens to children, too. Unfortunately, like many disorders and conditions once thought to be exclusive to adults paediatric bipolar disorder isn’t acknowledged by a consensus of mental health professionals.

Bipolar in children is more pronounced, typified by abrupt mood swings, jumping between hyperactivity and lethargy, intense temper tantrums, and defiance. Plus, cycling between moods is often more rapid and more severe than in adults, and may result in chronic irritability, with little peace.

Mental health professionals won’t diagnose (if they even diagnose at all) a child with bipolar unless they have at least four of the following.

  • Irritable mood
  • Extreme sadness
  • Lack of interest in play
  • Rapidly changing moods lasting at least a few hours
  • Explosive, often destructive rages
  • Separation anxiety
  • Defiance of authority
  • Distractibility
  • Sleeping little or sleeping too much
  • Bed wetting
  • Night terrors
  • Strong and frequent cravings
  • Impaired judgment and impulsivity
  • Belief in own abilities that defy the laws of logic (ability to fly, for example)

These behaviour alone are normal for children to exhibit,

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Christie’s success story: bipolar

Years ago, Christie had been diagnosed with bipolar. She started EMPowerplus about 13 years ago, and it has changed her life. It has also made a difference in her children’s lives.

I’ve been on EMPowerplus for 13 years, and it has changed my life!

I have just had my second child and have now completed our happy family! I think the best thing about True Hope is not the fact that it has changed my life but the fact that it has changed the life my children could have had.

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5 bipolar success stories: nutrition and mental health

Having been in business for over 20 years, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people find happiness, hope, and healing.

The first Truehope participants had bipolar disorder, so it isn’t that surprising that we have so many success stories from others who have bipolar.

Here are just 5 stories from participants with bipolar. Read how EMPowerplus changed their lives, and see if any of it sounds familiar to you.

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Should I ask my doctor for a bipolar test?

Bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) is a mental disorder of unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Symptoms are usually intense and differ from the normal ups and downs of life.

If you have bipolar, you likely experience emotional states stronger than usual. These can last during specific periods, called “mood episodes.” When the episodes are excited, they’re manic. When they’re depressed, they’re depressive. Sometimes, people may show parts of both moods or have a “mixed state”.

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What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) is a mental disorder marked by unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Symptoms are usually intense and differ from the normal ups and downs of life.

Those with bipolar experience emotional states stronger than their usual states. These can last during specific periods, called “mood episodes.” When the episodes are excited, they are manic. When they’re depressed, they’re depressive. Sometimes, people may show parts of both moods or have a “mixed state”.

Drastic changes in mood,

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EMPowerplus helps attention and behaviour in children

Earlier this year, Canadian and American researchers published a study in Journal of Medical Case Reports showing positive effects of EMPowerplus on children with behavioural problems.

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Dawn’s success story: bipolar

For nearly 40 years, Dawn has been dealing excess energy, emptiness, violent outbursts, yearning for acceptance, and even the voices in her head. Medication took the edge off but didn’t provide relief. Then a friend told her about Truehope.

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Kolbe’s success story: anxiety, ADHD, OCD, bipolar & ODD

From a young age, Kolbe had lived with severe mental health challenges, including intense episode of violence. Despite moving from one medication to another through 2 dozen medications, nothing controlled his rage and tantrums significantly. That is until Truehope. EMPowerplus has changed Kolbe’s life and the lives of all those around him.

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Suzanne’s success story: bipolar

When her bipolar manifested itself in her early adulthood, Suzanne had no idea what was happening to her. She was eventually diagnosed with bipolar, and a long line of prescriptions drugs followed, none of which provided long-lasting relief. EMPowerplus, however, has given her the life and health she used to think was for others.

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Gayle’s success story: bipolar

Gayle has struggled with bipolar for over 20 years. Despite being on medication for much of that time, she still experience depression, hallucinations, and rages. EMPowerplus has given her a foundation of reality and wholeness of mind that she never knew existed.

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