At present, there is no formal diagnostic definition or standardized criteria for diagnosing bipolar disorder in children. There also is considerable controversy surrounding what constitutes a diagnosis of childhood onset bipolar disorder. Required age ranges (i.e. under age 18, must be older than 2, etc.) and specific symptoms such as irritability or racing thoughts vary from one doctor or research study to another.
Therefore, this term – as with the other terms for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in kids – has a rather broad application and in some cases may not even be recognized by some practitioners.
Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Juvenile Bipolar Disorder