When a teen is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it means they struggle with unusual and severe mood episodes. More than just an ordinary mood swing, bipolar episodes last weeks. At Visions, our teen bipolar treatment centers and programs are personalized to meet each adolescent’s unique recovery needs. Bipolar disorder is named such because it typically involves both “highs” (manic episodes) and “lows” (depressive episodes).
Within the same context, most other mood disorders can be considered “depressive unipolar” disorders, as they present without mania. While mania can be considered the “polar opposite” of depression, it is not a positive experience. Teens feel excessively stimulated during a manic episode, feeling more impulsive and irritable. Mania can feel unsettling and anxiety-inducing, like speeding on an unlit highway. Regardless of which a teen is feeling, both mania and depression are debilitating and destructive.