A 41-year-old member asked:
why is it difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder in children?
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Dr. Steven Griggs answered
38 years experience Clinical Psychology
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.
Answered on May 12, 2016
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