Also called Manic Depression
Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression or an explosive disorder. Diagnosing Bipolar disorder can be a challenge unless one is specifically trained to know what to look for. In adults there needs to be swings between high energy and elation to depression. These depressive bouts usually “come and go.” In children these manic, or higher energy and moods, are often manifested as irritability, anger, and explosiveness. Common emotions can become intensely and often unpredictably magnified. Individuals with bipolar disorder can quickly swing from extremes of happiness, energy and clarity to sadness, fatigue, and confusion. Suicide is especially dangerous in bipolar disorder.