By Kostas N. Fountoulakis
This booklet examines intimately the diagnostic method of manic depressive (bipolar) disease, with certain connection with the borderline zones with unipolar melancholy and schizoaffective illness. between different diagnostic matters thought of are combined episodes (often misdiagnosed by means of psychiatrists), fast biking, and the confusion with character issues. in the context of analysis and figuring out of the dynamics of bipolar affliction, temperament, personality, and character are all widely mentioned. Neurocognitive deficit and incapacity are lined, as are components of evolutionary biology and behaviour. with reference to remedy, the most important concentration is on evidence-based remedy, near to the result of randomized managed trials and meta-analyses; furthermore, modern directions and destiny developments are tested. cautious attention is usually given to the psychosocial remedy method and concerns in relation to societal and financial bills and burdens.
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Medication that helped four years ago may not be so effective after puberty, or may be having new side effects. Your teenager may need a different kind of school program than the one that used to work. He might prefer to see a different psychiatrist or therapist. Family therapy can be very useful for helping teens and parents balance issues of healthcare and independence. The ultimate goal should be ensuring that your teenager is well-informed about his diagnosis and treatment options, and capable of self-care by young adulthood.
The axis system The American Psychiatric Association uses a special diagnostic system to assess the patient in five areas of function, each of which it calls an "axis": a center line about which something (in this case, psychiatric and behavioral symptoms) revolves. Each area is considered individually, and then graphed as a separate part of the diagnosis. These are: Axis I. Major psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia Axis II. Personality disorders (ingrained personality traits that cause the patient difficulty in life), mental retardation, or developmental delay Axis III.
Early signs of bipolar disorders Many parents of bipolar children and teenagers report that they knew the child was "different" from infancy. These babies were more difficult to care for and less predictable than others. They may not have established a regular sleep schedule, resisted weaning or the introduction of new foods, and violently disliked transitions and new situations. They may have cried more than other babies and toddlers, had more temper tantrums, and continued to tantrum into the later years of childhood.