mental health


Question by  Abby57 (329)

Can my 16 year old be bipolar?

I think he is, but is he too young?


Answer by  buggy418 (632)

My daughter was diagnosed bipolar at 13. She was experiencing extreme mood swings. She was either extremely happy or extremely sad. She is now 31 and still suffering with the disease. She has been on may different medications since she was 13. She handles life better when she takes medication.


Answer by  Terri (229)

No, 16 is not too long for symptoms of bipolar disorder to begin appearing. Explain your concerns to your son's physician, and the doctor can recommend a psychiatrist for your son to see. The psychiatrist will evaluate your son to see if he is bipolar and then may prescribe some medication to help ease the symptoms.


Answer by  bloodyfreak (172)

Yes it is possible for him to be diagnosed as bipolar. Bipolar has been found to have been passed on genetically so if it runs in the family, then he may have it. It's not good to jump to conclusions though, I would recommend having him see a professional first. Most insurance plans will cover some counseling.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

People of any age can exhibit signs of mental health issues, but some disorders are not officially diagnosed until adulthood. 16 is typically old enough for a bipolar diagnosis.


Answer by  dariand (21)

Yes. Your 16 year old CAN be bipolar. I know many teenagers who have bipolar and it negatively affects their life. Get Medicine.


Answer by  Debra (105)

Yes, a sixteen year old can be bipolar. The symptoms of bipolar disorder would be episodes of depression alternating with episodes of manic behavior.

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