Youth studies

If you or someone you know has medical or mental illness, their children may have issues too

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The “mood swings” between mania and depression usually last for 2 + weeks.  This mood disorder can be genetic, therefore if family members have a history of Bipolar disorder you should keep an eye out for symptoms like these:

  • Being Disobiedant 
  • Doing risky or dangerous things
  • Acting hyper and / or impulsive
  • Breaking rules even after intervention 
  • Moody sad, even tearful
  • Sleeping problems, going to sleep, staying asleep
  • Generally restlessness 

Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by distorted perceptions of reality, including hallucinations, delusions and “disorganized” thinking and speech.

DID you know? The right care for teenagers and young adults after a first psychotic episode decreases later relapses by more than 50%

These thoughts and feelings can be genetic, therefore if family members have a history of Bipolar disorder you should keep an eye out for symptoms like these:

  • Withdrawing from friends and family/feeling suspicious of others
  • Changes in sleeping or eating pattern
  • Less concern with appearance, clothes or hygiene
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts or speech
  • Loss of usual interest in activities or of motivation and energy
  • Development of unusual ideas or behaviors
  • Unusual perceptions, such as visions or hearing voices (or even seeing shadows)

Tourette’s and Tics are very common and often go undiagnosed.

You’ve probably seen a tic without even realizing it. If a child or teen develops tics (an urge for a movement or a sound) it can be scary for parents & family. Tics are common in children and they often seem to come out of nowhere.  You should keep an eye out for symptoms like these:

  • Physical Tics
  • Shoulder shrugging
  • Eye blinking
  • Lip biting
  • Facial grimacing

 

  • Vocal Tics
  • Clearing the throat
  • Humming, sniffing, snorting or squealing
  • Repeating words