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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is it difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder in children?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
One reason is that: BP disorder in children usually first looks like ADHD, which in my opinion is on the more mild end of the same spectrum. Three questions need to be asked to differentially diagnose ADHD from BP. They have to do with focus when mood is normal, being disorganized only when mood is abnormal, and emotional dysregulation (can't stop the mood in a timely manner). You need a prof. to do this well.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the controversy over the increase in bipolar disorder diagnoses in children?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Chaos of Chaos: Children are developing in an environment that has an impact on their behavior. Having a mental disorder means there is something wrong with the individual's development. The controversy is that it is difficult to tell if a child's behavior is the result of bad biology or a chaotic environment that supports the behavior as adaptive. Brain development is altered by Meds, but not clear how long.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Cycling etc: Irritability, rapid changes in mood, easy anger, meaness, destructibility, sleeplessness, infallibility (thinking one is always right, aggressiveness, hypersexulality, aggression toward animals, lying & deceitfulness. See www.Bipolarchild.Com/resources/jbrf/. Dr papolos developed an effective questionnaire to screen for bipolar disorder. The diagnosis will be made by your doctor or psychiatrist.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes diagnosed for having bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Evaluation: To get an accurate diagnosis you need to see your doctor. They may order blood tests to rule out any underlying medical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms. Once all medical reasons are ruled out, then a mental health evaluation of your symptoms can help clarify a diagnosis for accurate treatment.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you get diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipar: Symptoms of depression alternating with episodes of mania/hypomania, sufficient to cause distress or to interfere with daily functioning.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Psychiatric Eval: By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder.

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