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At how young of an age can somebody be diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

At how young of an age can somebody be diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

No minimum: Officially, there is no minimum age for bipolar d/o. In the past 25 yrs of practicing medicine-i have seen over 18, 000 kids. Out of those, I have had 3 patients who were four years old who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. All three had a very strong history from both sides of the family. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

Psychiatric Eval: By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Can they diagnose teenagers with bipolar disorder?

Can they diagnose teenagers with bipolar disorder?

Yes: Teenagers with bipolar disorder have an ongoing combination of extremely high (manic) and low (depressed) moods. Highs may alternate with lows, or the person may feel both extremes at close to the same time. Bipolar disorder usually starts in adult life, before the age of 35. Although rare in young children, it does occur in teenagers. This illness can affect anyone. However, if one or both parent. ...Read more

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At what age could someone possibly get bipolar disorder?

At what age could someone possibly get bipolar disorder?

Early Adulthood: In an epidemiological study of major depression and bipolar disorder, weissman et. Al., 1996, reported a first onset at an average age of 6-years. The mean age onset ranges between 24.8 years and 34.8 years. ...Read more

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Why is it difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder in children?

Why is it difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder in children?

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. ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder gets better over time or age progresses?

Does bipolar disorder gets better over time or age progresses?

Depends on course: Untreated bipolar disorder can worsen with time. Although not curative, current treatments aims at reducing the risk of this. ...Read more

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My sister says she has bipolar disorder. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Increased Risk: There is an increased risk among close family members if someone has bipolar disorder. However, this is not an automatic result. ...Read more

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If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?

If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?

Higher risk: A study in the lancet (2009) showed that if sibling a has bipolar, the sibling b is 8 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Other studies place the relative risk range between 7 and 10 times. This translates to a 5-20% risk. ...Read more

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Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. ...Read more

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Would it be very likely for a person to have mania or hypo mania without having bipolar disorder?

Would it be very likely for a person to have mania or hypo mania without having bipolar disorder?

No: The diagnosis of bipolar disorder is earned when someone has a manic or hypomanic episode. Some people have bipolar disorder without ever having gotten depressed, but this is rare. Some people have what we call a hyperthymic temperament and they are not technically manic or hypomanic because this is how they are most of the time. That's not bipolar disorder, which requires a cyclic course. ...Read more

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I want to know what neurological analysis is needed to diagnose bipolar disorder.

I want to know what neurological analysis is needed to diagnose bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder: is usually diagnosed based on history & observation. But neurological assessment can be valuable. Ruling out drug or medical issues that could be causative is important. Take care. ...Read more

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In addition to going to the doctor or therapist what's the best way to diagnose bipolar disorder?

In addition to going to the doctor or therapist what's the best way to diagnose bipolar disorder?

You really can't: If you want to know the criteria for bipolar disorder you can check the dsm-v, it will give you a list of things to look for, but you need to have an objective trained person to evaluate if a person has these symptoms. It can be scary to go to a therapist and/or doctor, but if a person does have bipolar disorder there is treatment. Life can be so much better with treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to diagnose bipolar disorder in teenagers?

History/physical: Just as with adults, the diagnosis is made by getting thorough history of symptoms from patient, friends and family members. We use a screening questionnaire called the cbq (childhood bipolar questionairre) to guide our assessment. The trick is finding someone familiar with child/teen versions of bipolar disorder, and also ruling out other physical or behavioral disorders as the cause of symptoms. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My mom gets bipolar disorder, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets bipolar disorder, so am I likely to get it later?

Possibly: If your mother has bipolar disorder you are at a higher risk of having the same problem compared to the general population. At the same time, there is no guarantee that you will have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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How can a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out other causes such as medical conditions or substance use related symptoms, a diagnosis can be made if symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Am almost absolutely sure that I am bipolar, will my pediatrician be able to diagnose me with bipolar disorder?

Phychiatrist: Need the help of a pediatrician and also a phychiatrist to make the complete diagnosis..Need to use your specialists when their input is warranted. ...Read more

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What age can bipolar disorder or schizophrenia be seen in children?What are symptoms to look for?

What age can bipolar disorder or schizophrenia be seen in children?What are symptoms to look for?

Evaluate now!: If you are even remotely considering the possibility of schizophrenia, then this child warrants a thorough eval by a mental health professional specializing in children. "bipolar" is thrown around much too casually these days; many "normal" kids may exhibit extreme reactions, including anger, ¬ have pathology. Determining the difference btwn developmental & ominous conditions, takes an expert. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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