What can I expect from the doctor treating my teenager's bipolar disorder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If you are meeting with your teenager's psychiatrist or mental health expert for the first time they will want to know all about your child's behavior and mood symptoms, their medical history, and any family history of mood disorders. Questions they will ask you include: When did you notice any signs of hypomania, mania, or depression in your teenager? How much sleep does your teenager get? Is your teenager able to function at school, at home with family relationships, after school with peer relationships? Does your teenager's mood change frequently? Does your teenager ever feel grandiose, is he or she highly energetic, talkative, or out of control--engaging in risky behavior, such as using illicit drugs, drinking too much alcohol, or behaving hypersexually? Does your teenager have another diagnosed mental disorder, such as ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, or panic disorder?

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