Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition that affects millions of adults each year. For many, the complications of bipolar disorder began in early childhood but the condition is often not diagnosed until early adulthood. If you have a familial history of bipolar disorder, and if you are concerned about your children’s health, it is important to understand how signs of short term memory loss can be attributed to the development of this mental health disorder.
In children who have early warning signs of bipolar disorder, the initial symptoms are often not the typical mood swings experienced in adults. Instead, young children will often demonstrate short term memory loss leaving parents frustrated with their child’s behavior. While some children are simply rebelling or acting out due to normal child development, if you find that your child appears to be ignoring your requests or instructions, this could be a sign of early short term memory loss and bipolar disorder developing.
When meeting with your child’s pediatrician, it is important to discuss the issues of short term memory loss and to ask about the necessary testing for bipolar disorder. Typically, your child’s doctor will want to initially order a series of blood tests and neurological examinations, including CT scan and MRI of the brain, to rule out other organic neurological complications. Ultimately, however, the best diagnosis may come when you meet with a pediatric psychiatrist.
If your child is confirmed as suffering from bipolar memory loss, it is important to find a brain rehabilitation center that can work with your child on the issues of memory loss and cognitive function. In addition, discussion with a psychiatrist is also necessary as you will want to begin addressing issues associated with the mental health disorder. Laying the foundation for your child’s mental health treatment early in life will ensure that not only the mood swing symptoms of bipolar disorder are managed as best as possible, but that the memory loss of bipolar disorder can also be mitigated to some extent.
Sources: Handbook of Infant Mental Health, by Charles Zeanah Jr.