If you’re reading this page you likely have a teenager with bipolar disorder.
If your teen has been newly diagnosed, you may be frightened.
Hopefully at least one home can be emotionally safe for him. “I just wish my husband wouldn’t take Josh’s petulance so personally,” Susan shared.
“Josh is just as much a pain to me as he is to Jeff.” While it’s true that some teens can target negativity toward the stepparent, more often than not, Susan’s perspective is right.
One of my favorite parent educators, Roger Allen, once said, “I have good news and bad news about the terrible 2s.
Read a book or attend a stepfamily conference to more fully understand stepfamily dynamics.A proper diagnosis also allows parents to better understand their teenager’s behaviors so they can help when symptomatic behaviors occur.The main goal for parents of a bipolar teen is to learn the difference between typical teenage behavior and bipolar-influenced behavior.But the ambivalent stepfamily identity can make matters even more confusing. The initial loss that ended a child’s family (out-of-wedlock birth, death of a parent, or parental divorce) and the ensuing losses that resulted (change of residence, schools, loss of contact with parent and extended family, etc.) repeatedly bring emotional costs to adolescents. “My mom and dad still fight all the time and my stepmom treats me like I’m second class compared to her kids.Here are four common traps that complicate the process. I just keep to myself and keep my head down.” The ongoing parental and family conflicts surrounding Ryan brought about a depression that sometimes expressed itself in withdrawn behavior and sometimes irritability.Adolescence is a natural time of family transition and turmoil.