Re: mood swings
Hey gloriamomof5, I answered this post on where you posted it in the ADD boards. So if you don't mind, I'll copy and paste.
"I won't name all the symptoms of Bipolar, but if you check out NIMH ([url]http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bipolarupdate.cfm[/url]) they talk about Bipolar Disorder in Children.
With kids, it is hard to tell the difference between a mood, attention or hyperacticity disorder to regular kid stuff. Her picking at skin and gettting distrated doesn't seem like bipolar. It seems more of an AD(H)D thing. Her crying when not getting her way and has to be in control sounds like a girl/kid thing to me.
If Bipolar DO is herheditary, and you do suspect, I'd be more worried if seeing drastic mood changes between Depression and Mania."
And to post some from the site...
"Symptoms of mania and depression in children and adolescents may manifest themselves through a variety of different behaviors.1,2 When manic, children and adolescents, in contrast to adults, are more likely to be irritable and prone to destructive outbursts than to be elated or euphoric. When depressed, there may be many physical complaints such as headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches or tiredness, frequent absences from school or poor performance in school, talk of or efforts to run away from home, irritability, complaining, unexplained crying, social isolation, poor communication, and extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure. Other manifestations of manic and depressive states may include alcohol or substance abuse and difficulty with relationships."