Extremities and passion are the bottom line of a child with Bipolar II. A Bipolar II individual is ruled by an intensity, that sometimes gets misunderstood as out of control or hyper at times. It can seem like symptoms of ADHD. It’s not, and it’s easy to get caught up in buzz word diagnoses when really it’s a form of manic depression that calls for attention and education.
Here are some things that my parents never knew, and I wish someone had told them:
- I’m not hyper sensitive, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m not irritable, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m not out of control, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m not restless, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m funny, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m a leader, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m charismatic, I’m Bipolar II
- I’m an extremist, I’m Bipolar II.
Here are some signs to consider while observing the behaviors of your child:
- Do they have a strong connection to music? Do they dance hard and love their headphones streaming music into their mind? Is music a release for their brain?
- Do they get overly emotional over the little stuff that causes you confusion?
- Do they have a normal sleep pattern? – Walk in into their room at 3 am and see if they are up staring at the ceiling in fear of the clock.
Bipolar II is a mental illness that seems to get little attention. Take some time to think what your provider tells you, do your own research, and educate yourself on Chronic Hypo Mania.
It might just come knocking on your door – some of us like to stop by without any notice too 😉
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