Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens (cont.)

What if my child is in crisis?

If you think your child is in crisis:

  • Call your doctor
  • Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help or ask a friend or family member to help you do these things
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor
  • Make sure your child is not left alone.

For more information on bipolar disorder

National Institute of Mental Health
Science Writing, Press & Dissemination Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Phone: 301-443-4513 or
1-866-615-NIMH (6464) toll-free
TTY: 301-443-8431
TTY: 866-415-8051 toll-free
FAX: 301-443-4279
E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Web site: http://www.nimh.nih.gov

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2014

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