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
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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