Bipolar disorder, once referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.
While most people know depression affects a vast number of adults in the US, children can also be affected by depression. Often, the signs of depression are confused with normal transitioning and growing up. However, depression should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure the best quality of life for the child. Here are five major signs your child may have depression.
Many parents struggle to help their child/children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. While most children are not tested for ADHD until problems begin arising in the classroom, children as young as four can be diagnosed according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While doctors often prescribe stimulants, such as amphetamine, to children with ADHD, prescribing these medications for young children can be worrisome due to the side effects, both short term and potentially long term.
When I first trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I was so impressed with the effectiveness of the technique, I said, “Wow, now we have Penicillin!”, meaning, now we have a methodology as effective as Penicillin for psychotherapy. EMDR has been shown through research to facilitate the movement of memory from the areas of current memory to the areas of past memory in the brain. This is powerful because traumas, conclusions, and feelings reside in current memory and jump out, interfering with our functioning intermittently or on an ongoing basis. This can be improved or corrected.
What is a resolution? The appropriate dictionary definition regarding new years resolutions is “the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.” Also, “a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.”