Bipolar Disorder Checklist

I have created this bipolar disorder checklist merely as a possible list of symptoms that may alert you that your child may have a mood disorder. In no way is this diagnostic, and a mental health professional must complete a thorough assessment prior to giving you a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder.


Signs of Depression in Children

 Your child has oppositional behavior

Your child has trouble with school

Your child has Irritability

Your child complains constantly of boredom

Your child verbalizes feeling of worthless or guilty sad or hopeless

Your child has recurrent thoughts of death or thinks of suicide

Your child has low energy

Signs of Mania in Children

 Your child experiences a decreased need for sleep

 Your child has obsessions and compulsions

 Your child is preoccupied with weapons or fire

 Your child tries to build weapons

 Your child is overly sexual for their age

 Your child experiences periods of time where they exhibit inflated self-esteem or grandiosity. They may believe they are able to do things they are not, and brag that they are smarter than adults or better than other kids.

 At times your child is more talkative than usual

 Your child has periods of time where their thoughts seem to race and their ideas fly

 Your child is easily distracted or has difficulty paying attention

 Your child has periods of time when they become fixated on a certain idea and they become aggressive when an obstacle gets in their way


Other Symptoms

 There is a history of bipolar disorder or alcoholism in the family

 Your child has night terrors

 Your child has sleep and appetite disturbance

 Your child is afraid of sleeping alone

 Your child is self mutilating

 Your child has long protracted rages

 Your child has sensory integration problems

 Your child has poor social skills

 Your child hears voices or sees things that are not there


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