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Can someone be diagnosed with bipolar as a teenager even if he didn't show any symptoms as a child?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Classical symptoms of mania or depression typically begin from the mid teens to early 20's.

In brief: Yes
Classical symptoms of mania or depression typically begin from the mid teens to early 20's.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sure, it pops up
Bipolar can express itself usually in the mid to late teens, or into the 20's.
It can be seen earlier, but after puberty is more common. Often though, once there is full expression, people who know the patient well can look back and see "moments" where things weren't right but they were explained away. Most mental illnesses are like that.

In brief: Sure, it pops up
Bipolar can express itself usually in the mid to late teens, or into the 20's.
It can be seen earlier, but after puberty is more common. Often though, once there is full expression, people who know the patient well can look back and see "moments" where things weren't right but they were explained away. Most mental illnesses are like that.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Matthew Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: It is.
Yes, bipolar disorder can manifest in adolescence without prior childhood symptoms although it can also be common to have "sub threshold" baseline symptoms that don't meet illness criteria.

In brief: It is.
Yes, bipolar disorder can manifest in adolescence without prior childhood symptoms although it can also be common to have "sub threshold" baseline symptoms that don't meet illness criteria.
Dr. Matthew Keener
Dr. Matthew Keener
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