Bipolar disorder in teens is also known as manic-depressive disorder and is connected to mood swings ranging from the depths of depression to the peaks of mania. The moment your mood shifts in opposite direction, you may feel energetic and euphoric. The moment you get depressed, you may feel hopeless or sad and lose pleasure or interest activities you normally enjoy. Often these shifts in mood are not as rapid as daily, rather occur over one to several weeks. In a minority of cases, bipolar disorder is characterized by simultaneous indications of both mania and depression.
There is a high likelihood that distressed young people will express their depression or sadness with rage. Young men and women who battle bipolar disorder typically have the lowest of lows and highest of highs; the can be very jovial or cross. During times of mania, the person may experience sleeplessness, high motivation with little clear direction, excitement and perhaps visual aura. They may become upset if those around them do not share their enthusiasm. Those dealing with depression may not have the strength to rise in the morning, lack attention to personal hygiene, and miss social events. Both extremes may have difficulties articulating their moods, and this means that people surrounding them including authority figures, peers and loved ones have to approach people struggling with bipolar disorder in a tactful, open-minded manner, and recommend that they seek treatment for their condition.