To be or not to be... bipolar disorder in children

Stanganelli, Veronica, Hansen, Benjamin, Selleck, Melissa, and Prince, Tania (2008) To be or not to be... bipolar disorder in children. In: Presentations from the 2008 Child and Adolescent sychiatry Conference. From: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference 2008, 12-16 October 2008, Port Douglas, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] Throughout these past years, we have been observing as clinicians, like a sort of "fascination", patients, parents and teachers to identify bipolar disorders in "difficult children and adolescents".

On several occasions, "to be bipolar" was experienced by the patients as a kind of identification with a group. Conversely, "not being bipolar" was expressed as anger, sadness, lack of understanding from the treating team, instead of relief.

• Whether or not it is possible to diagnose paediatric mania in the spectrum of bipolar affective disorder is controversial.

• One thing is for sure, bipolar disorder is probably misdiagnosed in young people in Australasia and the prevalence is unknown. We also don't know if there is a clear link between manic symptoms in childhood with adult bipolar disorder.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: bipolar, adolescent
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