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Bipolar II Disorder in the News

14 Apr

On every morning news show today it was reported that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones “made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder.”  This information was reported by Zeta-Jones’ publicist.  When celebrities come forward with mental health disorders it presents an opportunity to reach out and help others who may be struggling.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) up to 2.6% of adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a bipolar spectrum disorder.  These disorders are typically diagnosed during the adolescent and young adult years.  Due to this, parents need be aware of the symptoms.

This list of symptoms is from the NIMH website.

Symptoms of mania include: Symptoms of depression include:
Mood Changes

  • Being in an overly silly or joyful mood that’s unusual for your child.
    It is different from times when he or she might usually get silly and have fun.
  • Having an extremely short temper. This is an irritable mood that is unusual.

Behavioral Changes

  • Sleeping little but not feeling tired
  • Talking a lot and having racing thoughts
  • Having trouble concentrating, attention jumping from one thing to the next in an unusual way
  • Talking and thinking about sex more often
  • Behaving in risky ways more often, seeking pleasure a lot, and doing more activities than usual.
Mood Changes

  • Being in a sad mood that lasts a long time
  • Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Feeling worthless or guilty.

Behavioral Changes

  • Complaining about pain more often, such as headaches, stomach aches, and muscle pains
  • Eating a lot more or less and gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Sleeping or oversleeping when these were not problems before
  • Losing energy
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

Whether you’re looking for a therapist or a treatment program or would like more information about therapeutic and educational consulting, Prepare To Bloom, LLC can help. Please give us a call at 650-888-4575 or visit PrepareToBloom.com for more information.

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