Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens
What Increases Your Risk
Your child's risk of developing bipolar disorder or other mood disorders is higher if the child:
- Has a close relative such as a parent, sibling, or grandparent with bipolar disorder or another mood disorder.
- Has a family history of problems with alcohol or drugs. Such family members may be using alcohol or drugs as a way to deal with a psychological disorder.
- Has had several episodes of major Reference depression Opens New Window. For every 100 teens with recurring depression, at least 15 are later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.Reference 1
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 16, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry