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What Age Group Is Most Likely To 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Your psychiatrist should be qualified to make this diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Am almost absolutely sure that I am bipolar, will my pediatrician be able to diagnose me with bipolar disorder?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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