Bipolar is a biochemical mood disorder. Children diagnosed with bipolar usually cannot handle changes very well. Therefore, parents must them with controlling anger and eliminating melt downs. Parents can start off by changing their children’s diet. They should avoid food high in sugar and dyes. Sugar may cause hyperactive behavior and manic mental state.
Since children diagnosed with bipolar may suffer with depression, they may have a negative self-image. As a result, they may be socially withdrawn, have thoughts of death of dying (intent), and/or maybe sensitive to rejection. They may also have anger outburst.
Children diagnosed with Bipolar may also experience a change in their sleeping patterns, psychosis (disconnect from reality), and delusion. They may become paranoid fearing that someone is out to get them. Children may also experience a decrease need for sleep especially during manic (lot of energy) episodes. They may stay up all night during manic states. They experience changes in their mood that may not be necessarily triggered by something or someone else. They may or may not be triggered.
Children diagnosed with Bipolar believe that they are right and not that they are against someone. Grandiosity and anger maybe confused with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. They may become angry and easily irritated. They can also experience mood swings within a day that can last up to 5 days. In addition with the mood swings, they may start hearing voices, have anxiety, become withdrawn, and inattentive. The children may look distracted. Parents may have to tell them something over 5 times. Unless the parents raise their voices, the children may not hear them. If the parents yell, the children think their parents are angry with them and as a result, they may have an angry outburst. Hope this information helps.