Support for Bipolar Disorder in Children

Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents is a chronic condition that responds well to treatment, but it requires long-term management. Proper diagnosis and treatment are the key to helping children with bipolar disorder lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.

At NYU Langone’s Child Study Center, the duration of treatment depends on the nature and severity of the disorder. NYU Langone experts also provide treatment for bipolar disorder in adults and can work together to manage your child’s treatment into adulthood, if necessary.

Specialists at the Child Study Center provide follow-up care, as well as support services for children who have bipolar disorder and their parents. Our child and family support services and resilience programs are provided by Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.

Medication Management

Medication plays a central role in the treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. More than one medication may be necessary, and close monitoring by a child psychiatrist is essential. This ensures that treatment is adjusted as needed.

School Consultations

Some children with bipolar disorder may need individualized services in educational settings. Our experts conduct school observations and collaborate with educators to design and obtain appropriate accommodations, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans for children with disabilities.

Parent Resources

Our clinicians understand that caring for a child with bipolar disorder can affect the whole family. Specialists at the Child Study Center can educate parents on the condition, offer strategies for supporting their child, and help families navigate life transitions such as changes in school and going off to college.

Resources for Bipolar Disorder in Children
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