10 doctors weighed in:
What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Letha Cole
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Resources
Go to aacap.Org, click on facts for families on the right side of the page.
Put bipolar disorder in the search field and then click on bipolar disorder in children and teens.

In brief: Resources
Go to aacap.Org, click on facts for families on the right side of the page.
Put bipolar disorder in the search field and then click on bipolar disorder in children and teens.
Dr. Letha Cole
Dr. Letha Cole
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Dr. Samuel Bayles
there's not a difference in diagnostic criteria for adults and children. many children with irritability issues get diagnosed with bipolar disorder and in my opinion, bipolar is children is over diagnosed. i am not suggesting that irritability is no big deal, just that using different criteria for adults and kids leads to a fair amount of misdiagnosis.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Yet many child psychiatrists recognize, the rapidity of mood swings in children different from that of adults which has a slower rate. Why is this important: criteria for adult demands a 2 week duration. So the natural frequency, or better said, over-frequency in mood swings is like trying to catch a minnow in a net made for a tuna. Parents often feel there is not a canvas for their picture :)
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Cycling etc
Irritability, rapid changes in mood, easy anger, meaness, destructibility, sleeplessness, infallibility (thinking one is always right, aggressiveness, hypersexulality, aggression toward animals, lying & deceitfulness.
See www.Bipolarchild.Com/resources/jbrf/. Dr papolos developed an effective questionnaire to screen for bipolar disorder. The diagnosis will be made by your doctor or psychiatrist.

In brief: Cycling etc
Irritability, rapid changes in mood, easy anger, meaness, destructibility, sleeplessness, infallibility (thinking one is always right, aggressiveness, hypersexulality, aggression toward animals, lying & deceitfulness.
See www.Bipolarchild.Com/resources/jbrf/. Dr papolos developed an effective questionnaire to screen for bipolar disorder. The diagnosis will be made by your doctor or psychiatrist.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Based on DSM but...
Keep in mind that mood swings are much more rapid- the younger the child e.
g. Multiple mood swings per day, barely provoked e.g just hearing the word "no" Distractability Irritability Grandiosity Flight of ideas Activities that are goal directed Recklessness Decreased need for sleep Hypersexuality Excessive frequent mood swings and tantrums/rages Parent feels like they are walking on eggshell

In brief: Based on DSM but...
Keep in mind that mood swings are much more rapid- the younger the child e.
g. Multiple mood swings per day, barely provoked e.g just hearing the word "no" Distractability Irritability Grandiosity Flight of ideas Activities that are goal directed Recklessness Decreased need for sleep Hypersexuality Excessive frequent mood swings and tantrums/rages Parent feels like they are walking on eggshell
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Dr. Carlos Barrios
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Dr. Samuel Bayles
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Controvery
this is a controversial topic.
at present time there is not a separate set of criteria for children. thus, as it currently stands the diagnostic criteria is the same for adults and children. some retrospective studies suggest that children often present with severe irritability. the natural course of the disease is such that most people don't meet criteria until adulthood.

In brief: Controvery
this is a controversial topic.
at present time there is not a separate set of criteria for children. thus, as it currently stands the diagnostic criteria is the same for adults and children. some retrospective studies suggest that children often present with severe irritability. the natural course of the disease is such that most people don't meet criteria until adulthood.
Dr. Samuel Bayles
Dr. Samuel Bayles
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