Treating Bipolar Disorder In Atlanta
As a top residential treatment center for bipolar disorder in Georgia, Hillside is the preferred option for treating children and teens experiencing Bipolar Disorder in Georgia and surrounding states.
Hillside’s treatment team includes board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists as well as skilled licensed therapists who are experts in treating Mood Disorders, including pediatric bipolar disorder, in children and adolescents.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Sometimes referred to as manic depressive illness or manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness marked by severe mood swings. Children who are bipolar experience highs and lows that are much more extreme than other children. They can be very energetic and animated and then extremely depressed and low energy.
Living with bipolar symptoms makes it difficult to maintain relationships or achieve academic success. The uncontrolled moods swings keep children from concentrating on a project for very long. It is also hard for other children to relate to them when the mood swings are so unexpected.
How To Know If Your Child May Be Bipolar?
Bipolar disorder is a mental condition that usually develops in older teens or young adults. Anyone can develop bipolar disorder, however, and some of the signs may be apparent in young children. Most children naturally fluctuate between both extremes of the mood spectrum, but those with bipolar disorder may exhibit some of these signs:
• Much more active and excited than other children of the same age
• Moods change from high to low frequently
• Too moody or too excited as described by others
• Behavior in school is inconsistent
If your child has bipolar disorder, he or she will experience two types of extreme moods. During a manic episode, your child may be short tempered and display impatience. He or she may talk a lot but hop from subject to subject. He or she will probably have excessive energy without sleeping, take unusual risks and may talk and think about sex more often than usual.
During a depressive episode, your child will experience feelings of guilt, sadness and worthlessness. He or she may eat a lot more or a lot less than usual and sleep a lot more or less as well. Your child will have no interest in fun activities and will display very little energy. He or she might even think about death or suicide.
Hillside Provides the Best Treatment for Bipolar Disorder in Atlanta
Finding the right treatment facility for your child with bipolar disorder can make a world of a difference. Bipolar disorder can be treated with a combination of medication and therapy, and sometimes periods of long-term treatment in a residential program may be warranted. When bipolar disorder is well controlled with medication and therapy, regular outpatient services may be sufficient to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Hillside’s residential and outpatient bipolar disorder treatment centers in Georgia offer a combination of services designed to support children and teens with the condition. DBT therapy is available in both our residential and outpatient programs. We work with children and families to develop support systems that allow teens with bipolar disorder to embrace a future of independent living.
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