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Diagnosis of Early Onset Bipolar Disorder

Diagnosing bipolar disorder (manic depression) in children is difficult. Early onset bipolar disorder manifests in very different behavior patterns. To further complicate the issue, these symptoms are very similar to other childhood disorders such as ADHD. Found here are resources and information relating to this subject.

Red Flags: Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Children
Childhood bipolar disorder's symptoms have some differences from symptoms in adults. This article lists possible symptoms.

Diagnosing a Child with Bipolar Disorder - Emphasizing Irritability
One approach doctors use for diagnosing your child with bipolar disorder by emphasizing irritability - persistent and severe irritability.

Diagnosing a Child with Bipolar Disorder - Emphasizing Cardinal Symptoms
In order for a kid to be diagnosed with any condition or illness, there is a checklist of symptoms a doctor will evaluate against the symptoms or problems the child is experiencing. This is also true for diagnosing your youngster with bipolar disorder. One approach doctors use for diagnosing your child with bipolar disorder is to consider...

Bipolar Diagnosis in Children - A Checklist
In order for a kid to be diagnosed with any condition or illness, there is a checklist of symptoms a doctor will evaluate against the symptoms or problems the child is experiencing. This is also true for diagnosing your youngster with bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Diagnosis in Children - Standard Psychiatric Criteria
In order for a kid to be diagnosed with any condition or illness, there is a checklist of symptoms a doctor will evaluate against the symptoms or problems the child is experiencing. This is also true for diagnosing your youngster with bipolar disorder. One approach doctors use for diagnosing your child with bipolar disorder is to draw on the...

Could My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?
A mother in our forums, who has bipolar disorder herself, shared, “My four year-old is extremely angry these days. He flies off the handle for no apparent reason. He becomes enraged and it’s hard to calm him down. Is it possible he has bipolar disorder at four or is this normal behavior?” Great question, mom. The answer is yes. Yes, it is...

Challenges in Diagnosing Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder
This article outlines the several issues that make diagnosing childhood bipolar disorder especially challenging.

The Bipolar Child - Controversy and Reality of The Bipolar Child
In 1999, Broadway Books released “The Bipolar Child” by Demitri Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos. Many parents, like me, were thrilled feeling for the first time that we were not alone. However, many researchers had concerns that this work was pushed to the mainstream before empirical research studies could adequately vet the theories put forward. Perhaps it is the balance between professiona…

Redefining Childhood Bipolar Disorder
Report on Dr. Demitri Papolos' presentation at the 2000 Jean Paul Ohadi Conference (below). Childhood bipolar disorder presents so many differences from the adult condition that it needs to have its own distinct diagnostic criteria in the official psychiatric literature

Bipolar Disorder In Children And Teens
Research has improved the ability to diagnose Bipolar Disorder in children and teens. Bipolar Disorder can begin in childhood and during the teenage years, although it is usually diagnosed in adult life.

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