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Common symptoms and behavioral traits

Very common symptoms and behavioral traits (Papolos, pg. 51) that have been consistently observed in children with early-onset bipolar disorder include:

Separation anxiety
Rages and explosive temper tantrums lasting up to several hours
Marked irritability
Oppositional behavior
Rapid cycling (frequent mood swings, occurring within an hour, a day, or several days) or mood lability
Distractibility
Hyperactivity
Impulsivity
Restlessness/fidgetiness
Silliness, giddiness, goofiness
Racing thoughts
Aggressive behavior
Grandiosity
Carbohydrate cravings
Risk-taking behaviors
Depressed mood
Lethargy
Low self-esteem
Difficulty getting up in the morning
Social anxiety
Oversensitivity to emotional or environmental triggers

Papolos, Demitri F. and Janice Papolos. The bipolar child: the definitive and reassuring guide to childhood's most misunderstood disorder. New York: Broadway, 2000.

But, Is Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder Also Known As 'The Terrible 2s'? - John Rosemond

Possible early warning signs of mania

Insomnia Noises sound louder
than usual
Obsessiveness
Surges of energy Inappropriate behavior Unusual outbursts of
enthusiasm
Flight of ideas Thrill seeking Doing several things at
once
Making lots of plans Increased sexual activity Anxiety
Inappropriate anger Negligent driving Itching
Restlessness Feeling flushed and hot Excessive self-involvement
Loss of appetite Increased appetite Disorganization
Feelings of superiority Sleeping much less than
usual
Greater sensitivity than
usual
Overambition Others seem to be in slow
motion
Bizarre ideas and
thoughts
Assuming too much
responsibility
Irritability Poor judgment
Nervousness Spending to much
money
Increased alcohol or
tobacco use
Outbursts of temper Hyperactivity Inability to concentrate
Feelings of being unreal Euphoria Tingly feelings

Adapted from: Copeland, Mary Ellen. Teaching self-help strategies to manic clients. In The Hatherleigh guide to psychiatric disorders. New York: Hatherleigh, 1996.

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