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Signs of Mental Disorders in Children

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Loved One' started by shandrum, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. shandrum

    shandrum Member

    What are the signs are Bipolar Disorder in PreTeens?
  2. LostmySis

    LostmySis Senior Contributor

    Here's a great link

    A big problem with mental disorders and children is that 1.) There are no real tests-- no MRI, CAT, blood work that can determine it. The diagnosis is based on what the patient/parents tell the doctor and how well the doctor is educated in the various disorders. 2.) Hormone changes in teens can look similar: moodiness, isolation, mood swings. What teen did not suffer those?

    I volunteer at a health care facility, and I can tell you that some of the children who are diagnosed and drugged just really lack discipline. This is not to say that mental illness is not real. It is to say that some parents are lazy or create bad children, then want to medicate them. I suggest reading up on the disorders and finding a very very good psychiatrist with experience with children. Read the reviews of the doctor. Then get a second opinion.
  3. DancingLady

    DancingLady Community Champion

    It is really challenging to diagnose a mental disorder accurately in children. I think if you have a child who appears to have signs, you should proceed with caution. Talk to the doctor about it, but be up front that you do not want to jump into medication because you are aware that they may just be going through a rough patch, or it could be caused by hormonal changes which will balance out in time. Get as much information as you can so you can educate yourself in advance.
  4. Determined2014

    Determined2014 Senior Contributor

    You are right , it is very difficult to tell when a child is mentally ill, I have some causins, growing up, I actually thought they were mentally ill, but guess what, not at all, they were just used to having their way , they were rude, even one ended up going to a special ed school, but they are now adults with children and they are very normal and are very strict with their children.
  5. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    Supposedly some symptoms may be extreme mood swings like going from extreme happiness then snapping into tantrums or being hyperactive then suddenly being very lethargic. Although, it seems like these symptoms aren't officially recognized and are probably just meant as a possible guide and I wouldn't trust self diagnosis that much to begin with anyway so it's still best to consult with a doctor.
  6. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Eliminate processed foods from their diet. No food coloring or gluten. Lots of water to flush the system. You can add organic lemon juice and real organic maple syrup to the water for flavor. Learn how to read labels for hidden chemicals. Love them and be kind to them until they get this garbage out of their body. Healthy vitamins and foods that are clean. They will come around.
  7. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    Catching a mental disorder in a child, and seeking treatment early on. If a child is in an abusive home, and witnesses this. Chances are good it will have a negative effect on them. This in turn leads to substance abuse as a way of escape.

    A child that has been subject to violence will usually manifest a pattern of disturbing behavior. Just watch you'll usually see a cry for help in their actions.
  8. Mockingbird

    Mockingbird Member

    A friend just told me right before Christmas he had to go to school to get his sister. it seems she has been cutting herself. i am concerned about this barbecue she is such a sweet girl. I asked if it was things at home or what it is. All he could tell me is it is a cry for help. No doubt over some guy or something who knows? Is it possible for everything at home to be okay and still have the kids go of the edge? I know some personality orders have nothing to do with the home at all.
  9. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    Yes that is true their home life can be some what normal. Yet they still do these types of things. It's really hard to determine why some kids act out, while others don't.
  10. pintbean

    pintbean Active Contributor

    I remember as I teen that I was all over the place with emotions. My highs were so high and my lows were really low, i am happy my parents did not put too much focus on it and let me just lock myself in my room. I would have really hated to be "poked and prodded" by "specialists" at that age for my teen-blues.
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  11. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I agree being moody in the teen years is normal. It will sometimes just be a temporary thing that will pass. On the other hand it's not that simple. I wish i would have had someone professional to have talked to. About the hell I went through before I was even 12 years old. It messed me up real good. To the point of staying drunk. I hate I didn't have help with my emotional problems. I hate it ever happened to me or anyone. To me a healthy mind is better then a healthy body.
  12. catherine_sky

    catherine_sky Member

    Bipolar is often a difficult diagnosis to make and should not be taken lightly. The diagnosis is usually made over time when this has been assessed adequately. Children and pre-teens are developing at a rapid rate and where as it is important not to ignore worrying signs, it is also equally important that there are no jumping to conclusions that certain behaviours that children display are necessarily signs of mental illness.