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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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