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  • 1. A N D H O W I T A F F E C T S S T U D E N T S I N T H E C L A S S R O O M BIPOLAR DISORDER
  • 2. BIPOLAR DISORDER May also be known as Manic-Depressive illness. Classified as a brain disorder There does not seem to be one single cause of this disease, but certain factors work together to induce bipolar disorder (National Institute of Health)
  • 3. BIPOLAR DISORDER Possible Causes Genetics  Children more likely to be diagnosed if parent or sibling has illness Brain Development  Possible link to other illnesses that show similar symptoms  Prefrontal cortex in adults are smaller than those in undiagnosed adults (National Institute of Health)
  • 4. BIPOLAR DISORDER Signs and Symptoms “Mood Episodes”  Drastic change in person’s normal behavior and mood  Two moods  Manic or Depressive State  Possible to show both manic and depressive behavior within one mood period (National Institute of Health)
  • 5. BIPOLAR DISORDER Depressive Episode A period of being on an extreme, unnatural high Feeling of restlessness Impaired ability to assess situations Impulsive May be distracted easily Manic Episode A period of sadness and hopelessness Feeling of restlessness May feel tired or lower energy levels Trouble concentrating Thoughts of suicide Eating and sleeping habits may change (National Institute of Health)
  • 6. BIPOLAR DISORDER Children and Teens When the illness begins in childhood it is called early onset bipolar disorder Children and early teens suffer a more severe form of most symptoms found in adults and older teenagers (National Institute of Health: Children and Teens)
  • 7. BIPOLAR DISORDER IN THE CLASSROOM Strategies While bipolar disorder is a very serious illness and should be monitored by experts in the medical field, there are certain strategies that teachers may use to regulate their student’s behavior induced by the disorder. Do not take their moods, or changes in moods, personally. Depending on which state, whether it is manic or depressive, be open and attentive to their feelings. (Students First Project)
  • 8. BIPOLAR DISORDER IN THE CLASSROOM If a student is showing signs of bipolar disorder, it is also important to watch for signs of suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death. (Students First Project)
  • 9. BIPOLAR DISORDER IN THE CLASSROOM It is helpful for the teacher to help focus the student’s attention by giving them greater support in tasks they may have completed with ease before the disorder affected their participation in the class. While these are just some of the strategies a teacher may incorporate, they are great examples of how a teacher is able to work with the symptoms of bipolar disorder within the classroom Write down the assignment Help them organize and breakdown the parts of the assignment or lesson Engage the student through conversation, or setting up student with in group settings with their peers without expectations (Students First Project)
  • 10. BIPOLAR DISORDER IN THE CLASSROOM Although the behavioral changes associated with bipolar disorder may disrupt the normal routine of a classroom, a teacher has the power to create a safe and successful environment for every student, whether they have the disorder or not.
  • 11. REFERENCES National Institute of Mental Health (n.d.). Bipolar disorder. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar- disorder/index.shtml. National Institute of Mental Health (n.d.). Bipolar disorder in children and teens: a parent’s guide. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bi polar-disorder-in-children-and-teens-a-parents- guide/index.shtml Students First Project (n.d.). School and classroom strategies: bipolar disorder. Retrieved from http://studentsfirstproject.org/wp- content/uploads/QuickFactSheetBipolarStrategies.p df