The signs and symptoms of the types of anxiety disorders are diverse. In general, they involve worries, anxiousness, or obsessions, which debilitate normal functioning that can interfere with health, school and relationships.
Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child. In some cases, the infant seemed “different” from birth, unresponsive to people or focusing intently on one item for long periods of time. The first signs of an autism spectrum disorder can also appear in children who had been developing normally. When an engaged, babbling toddler suddenly becomes silent, withdrawn, self-abusive, or indifferent to social overtures, this may be a symptom.
Bipolar disorder’s diagnostic criteria is based on the study of adults older than 18 years. The long term outcomes of the illness treated or untreated is also based on the study of adults. Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings from overly “high” and/or irritable to sadness and hopelessness, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.
Note: If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, get help immediately.