Manic episodes for children and teens with bipolar disorder cause unusual and extreme shifts in mood, energy, and behavior that significantly interfere with normal, healthy functioning. By knowing the early warning signs you can catch it early and avoid a full-blown episode. Here are seven behaviors that are associated with mania:
#1 Severe changes in mood
Either overly elated or extremely irritable. In many cases, an abnormal sense of happiness and euphoria that (makes) one act silly in an unusual way. You may notice intense tantrums in younger children or see uncontrollable impatience and frustration in teens that can be long lasting.
#2 Unrealistic highs in self-esteem
An improbable sense of self-importance or delusions of grandeur. For example, a child or teen who feels “all-powerful” or like a superhero with special powers. They may believe they are able to do things they are not, and brag that they are smarter than adults or better than other kids
#3 Elevated energy
A significant increase in intense energy levels that last a long period of time. This goes hand in hand with a decreased need for sleep and the ability to go with very little to no sleep for days without feeling tired.
#4 More talkative
Being in a manic state for adolescents generally means an increase in talking, speaking extremely fast and excitedly, changing topics too quickly and going off in various tangents and refusing to be interrupted.
#5 Rapid thoughts and distractibility
These children will be easily distracted and their attention will move constantly from one thing to the next and they will jump from task to task. Their thoughts will race and it will seem like they’re on ‘fast-forward’ flying from idea to idea and unable to focus.
#6 Obsessions and compulsions
Your child may have periods of time when he becomes fixated on a certain idea and can become agitated and frustrated when an obstacle gets in his way. An intense focus on reaching a goal or pursuing a hobby. For example, a child who likes to write poetry may stay up all night writing pages of poems.
#7 Extreme behavior that causes problems
Repeated high risk-taking behavior, such as abusing drugs and alcohol, reckless driving or binge shopping. Watch for signs of hypersexuality: increased sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviors, use of explicit sexual language of if your child is overly sexual for her age.
via bpHope – bp Magazine Community