Temper Tantrums and Rages Are Part of Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Bipolar disorder symptoms in adults vary quite significantly depending on who is suffering the condition. The disorder is characterized by the extremes of emotion and Rangers from one extreme to the other, from depression to mania. Bipolar disorder symptoms in children are often very similar but can be more prolonged in one specific episode, or even have more mixed mania and depressive element of the same thing. But, in this article, I want to talk about the temper tantrums and rages that are part of the overall bipolar disorder condition in teenagers and children.

Everyone knows that children can have temper tantrums, especially preschoolers. Everyone has seen where a child will stamp his feet, throw themselves onto the ground, cry and scream and shout and generally flail themselves around to express either frustration, disappointment, or anger. As these preschoolers grow, they tend to be able to control their emotions much better.

Bipolar disorder symptoms in children

Bipolar disorder symptoms in children

By the time they reach the mature level of going to school, they can generally hold their emotions in check and the temper tantrums are part of their past. So how do you distinguish between what is a temper tantrum and what is a rage?

There are three things that you should really look at and those are the intensity, the length of the episode, and the age of the child. They just tend to go to extreme levels and can often mean that there is injury not only to the child, but also to other children or objects. Temper tantrums can last for several minutes whereas rages can last for substantially longer periods of time. Younger children tend to have more frequent temper tantrums and these are considered to be a very normal part of growing up. Rages are not considered normal behavior at all. One of the ways that you can tackle a rage is to speak in a very soft and soothing voice. Never do anything which is going to inflame the rage such as losing your own cool or shouting and screaming. Your goal should be to mitigate any damage and to end the rage as quickly as possible.


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