Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: An Alarming Rise

September 9, 2010

Study author discusses what physicians can do when they suspect a young patient might have bipolar disorder.

The author of a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry showing that the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children rose "an alarming 40-fold during the decade ending in 2004" talks about whether "children victims of a new epidemic of mental illness" and addresses the question of whether "this condition is being wildly over-diagnosed." He also discusses what physicians can do when they suspect a young patient might have bipolar disorder.

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