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.Yet they bounce back in a reasonable amount of time.A teenager with bipolar disorder, on the other hand, might fall into a deep depression, isolating themselves and crying for weeks or even months on end.Here are the most important facts parents need to know: Having an early diagnosis is a tremendous help.Teens who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder at an early age are more likely to manage their illness successfully during the rest of their lives.
What he needs from his parent and stepparent is an extra measure of patience, without tolerating disrespectful behavior, and someone to help him cope with what can’t be changed (a counselor). Given the ambiguous nature of the stepparent role, it is easy for stepparents to take personally the uncooperative attitude and grumpy—but normal—behavior of adolescents.Once they do, they can recognize the signs that a mood swing is starting, and learn the best ways to communicate with and ultimately help their teen successfully manage the illness.There is a huge difference between typical teenage behavior and behavior that is symptomatic of bipolar disorder.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ongoing parental and family conflicts surrounding Ryan brought about a depression that sometimes expressed itself in withdrawn behavior and sometimes irritability.The mom/dad label is generally reserved by children for their biological parents.