New Discovery Deepens Understanding of Bipolar Disorder in Teens

Around 5.6 million people in the US suffer from bipolar disorder. There’s still much we don’t know about bipolar disorder in teens and adults–so every piece of new knowledge showing a new side of it is extremely important for creating more effective and efficient treatments. ScienceDaily recently wrote an article outlining new research by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the study, they found 84 inherited gene mutations that may have the potential to spur development of the severe forms of bipolar disorder.

Why this study is unique

There haven’t been many studies looking directly into the biology which has to do with a higher risk of developing bipolar disorder in teens and adults. This study is one of the first to look into the rare genetic variations in those with bipolar disorder.

The study isn’t definitive, though. The researchers say they need genetic data from several thousand people with bipolar disorder in order to make sure these mutations actually directly contribute to the formation of bipolar disorder in teens and adults.

What is bipolar disorder?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder in teens is characterized by strange mood swings. You may be thinking, “Teens are supposed to have mood swings.” While this is true, bipolar disorder in teens doesn’t cause “normal” mood swings, they’re much more powerful and extreme than that. They’re often combined with changes in energy level, ability to focus, and sleep.

Untreated bipolar disorder in teens can make it difficult for a student to make friends, do well in school, and get through daily life smoothly. More often than not, bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness–but treatment and therapies are available to help those suffering from it move forward.

Elevations RTC can help

Elevations RTC is a leading residential treatment center for teens, ages 13 to 18, grappling with anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder in teens and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help each student succeed and move towards a bright future.

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