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At what age can a psychiatrist tell that a child has bi-polar?
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Bipolar
As early as age 3.
With careful assessment and observation, we can differentiate from hyperactivity or mood disorders. Also, strong family history of bipolar is suggestive.

In brief: Bipolar
As early as age 3.
With careful assessment and observation, we can differentiate from hyperactivity or mood disorders. Also, strong family history of bipolar is suggestive.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: I am aware of
One child that was diagnosed at age 2 years old.
I would advise that bipolar disorder in young children can look quite different then bipolar disorder that begins in teens or adulthood. The diagnosis can be very difficult to make. I would encourage evaluation by a child psychiatrist or child psychologist in this situation. It sometimes take years to get the correct the diagnosis.

In brief: I am aware of
One child that was diagnosed at age 2 years old.
I would advise that bipolar disorder in young children can look quite different then bipolar disorder that begins in teens or adulthood. The diagnosis can be very difficult to make. I would encourage evaluation by a child psychiatrist or child psychologist in this situation. It sometimes take years to get the correct the diagnosis.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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