The Effects Of Parental Bipolar Disorder On The Development Of Children

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The Effects of Parental Bipolar Disorder on the Development of Children According to a study conducted by Diler et al. (2011), the children of parents with bipolar disorder are the most at risk for developing bipolar disorder and other psychiatric mood disorders. Parents and caregivers with bipolar disorder represent a unique factor that may alter healthy emotional and behavioral development of children. As bipolar disorder is a neurological disorder that causes drastic shifts in mood, abrupt changes in energy that directly affects the ability to consistently execute day to day tasks (Chung et al., 2007), children raised in this highly unstable environment are especially at risk for cognitive and behavioral issues. This research will examine studies in which parental bipolar disorder is examined and the effects of parental mental illness on family dynamics and its impact on developing children. Additionally, the research will examine how early detection and monitoring can mitigate the risks for bipolar disorder in children and how treatment can prevent the onset of adult bipolar disorder.

Characteristics and Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text revision, American Psychiatric Association, 2000), characterizes bipolar disorder as a cyclical illness in which patients “swing” between opposite poles of behavior from manic hyperactivity to extreme states of depression. The types of mania associated with…
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