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Is there such thing as a child with a bipolar disorder?

27 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
15 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Juvenile bipolar disorder is well recognized and treatable.
See http://www.Jbrf.Org/.

In brief: Yes

Juvenile bipolar disorder is well recognized and treatable.
See http://www.Jbrf.Org/.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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6 doctors agree

In brief: Rare but yes

Some children have mood dysregulations which tend to improve as they get older. However there are some children especially those with family histories of bipolar disorder who develop bipolar disorder in childhood.

In brief: Rare but yes

Some children have mood dysregulations which tend to improve as they get older. However there are some children especially those with family histories of bipolar disorder who develop bipolar disorder in childhood.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Quite controversial. Used in several ways in chidlren. Adult-form quite rare but does occur, probably not before age 8 years or so.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar DO can exist in children.
That being said, it's a tricky diagnosis that should be made after a careful evaluation by a seasoned pediatric psychiatrist.

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar DO can exist in children.
That being said, it's a tricky diagnosis that should be made after a careful evaluation by a seasoned pediatric psychiatrist.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Pediatric Bipolar

Sure, with similar signs & symptoms but more cycling & difficult to differentiate from ADHD.

In brief: Pediatric Bipolar

Sure, with similar signs & symptoms but more cycling & difficult to differentiate from ADHD.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Over used term

The diagnosis has been over used, expanded to cover sudden mood swings of poorly regulated emotional behavior. Most of these children would be covered by the diagnosis of Disruptive Mood Disregulative Disorder.

In brief: Over used term

The diagnosis has been over used, expanded to cover sudden mood swings of poorly regulated emotional behavior. Most of these children would be covered by the diagnosis of Disruptive Mood Disregulative Disorder.
Dr. William Singer
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