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A 38-year-old member asked:

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

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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?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 52 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.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you explain your bipolar disorder to your children?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Warmly by age: Each child has a particular maturity. Address yourself using this as your guide. A younger child will understand ''medicine'', being ill . More mature child will appreciate more details such as ''mood'', ''feelings'', have a really good doctor, ''will be with me, us for a long time''. Do make sure you allow each to feel you are available for concerns & questions. And each is safe & loved.
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