The Uncommon Discussion of Self-Hatred & Mood Disorders in Teens

mood disorders in teens

The Uncommon Discussion of Self-Hatred & Mood Disorders in Teens

mood disorders in teensNearly 5 percent of adolescents struggle with mood disorders in teens. Mood disorders are issues like depression, dysthymic disorder, and/or bipolar disorder. Of the varying mood disorders in teens, we’re going to discuss bipolar disorder and its connection to self-hatred today. Psych Central recently published an article discussing the link between the two.

Bipolar disorder & self-hatred

Bipolar disorder is characterized by intense highs (mania) and intense lows (acute depression), most people know that. One thing that’s often overlooked is the self-loathing which often comes with bipolar disorder (and other mood disorders in teens). It’s an extreme feeling of worthlessness, incapability, and hopelessness.

Society often reinforces this idea, too, through the stigma attached to specifically mood disorders. If you have bipolar disorder or depression, many think that means you can’t succeed or be “normal”–this is so wrong. With the correct treatment and support, those with mood disorders can excel and reach the same potential as everyone else.

Self-hatred often manifests as anger

When someone with bipolar disorder is experiencing self-hatred, many times it will manifest as anger. People sometimes assume that anger is directed at them, when in reality it’s self-directed. We live in a society that’s very uncomfortable with anger, making this an even more complicated situation. Add the misconceptions and misinformation out there about mood disorders in teens and it gets even worse.

Getting help for mood disorders in teens

If you believe your son or daughter is struggling with a mood disorder, it’s highly important to seek out a professional for further guidance. If your child’s issues go untreated, it could lead to much larger issues in the future and keep them from reaching their full potential.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center treats mood disorders, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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