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Bipolar Disorder In Children/ Does Consuming Gluten Affect This Disorder?

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I have not read anything about gluten consumption affecting bi-polar children. My first concern would be is the child actually bi-polar? There is an abundance of news blurbs out there today that name all sorts of conditions our children might have, half of them being just some scientist or doctor's theory that this is why this child acts like this and lets give it a name to make the parents feel better. There are some children that ARE bi-polar, however many are misdiagnosed for a variety of different reasons. I would definitely get a second opinion about my child if I were given a diagnosis of bi-polar for a young child. Bi-polar is more common in teens, however it can also be depression that has been misdiagnosed. The best thing I have found for Bi-polar treatment (being that I am bi-polar myself) is find a good doctor that knows about the condition, explore the treatment options, (not all meds work the same for everyone) and find a good counselor! A good counselor can make the difference where medications may not, someone to talk to, that can help the child realize the behaviors that are self destructive that bi-polar people have can make all the difference in the world, more so than medications, diets, etc. Good luck, and remember if medication is needed, it is NOT a cure, it is just a tool to help one get to where they need to be mentally and there is no stigma or shame in needing help. We all need alittle help now and then.
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It absolutely would not hurt to do the gluten free diet with a dietitian's guidance. I would research it on gluten free forums a learn from those who went before you.

My son was suicidal (didn't want to be ANYWHERE) at age 3 and diagnosed with major depression at age 5, when he jumped off of a roof. He didn't play, enjoy, and rarely smiled--followed by boughts of singing and not sleeping.

He was born with a major formula allergy that was causing him to literally starve to death....he dropped down to 5#. At age 7, it was suggested he had bi-polar disorder and he was later diagnosed. Over the years I had repeatedly ask his Dr's about his early nutritional issues playing a role. There was no information at the time.

My daughter and I have both been recently diagnosed with Celiac's disease. I am convinced my son has it as well, but after 18yrs of nothing working, he is so tired.

Gluten free is a proven treatment for schizophrenia and there is some preliminary info suggesting it is helpful for bi-polar disorder.

Good luck!
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dollfun has given excellent information. Gluten is responsible for a host of problems from psychological to allergies.
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Yes, I believe it does. I work with "baby bipolars"...children aged 2-4 years who tantrum and who sometimes injure themselves and others. Like emergency room physicians in children's hospitals, I recommend a GF diet and about 30% of these children within weeks are no longer displaying bipolar rage. It also seems to work well with older children.  Good luck!
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I am Gluten free and dairy free. Though I can still go up (hypomania) I  never go into major depression UNLESS I eat gluten or dairy. My brain works so much better. I now have a short term memory  and my word recall is better. I am really trying to spread the word in the bp world about at least trying this diet. The payoff for some such as myself is huge. It is already widely known to help some with Schizophrenia and Autism, and antecdotally some with ADHD and BP who have tried it notice their brains working better too.

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