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Evidence-Based Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder




In the past few years, we’ve seen a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics to treat young patients with bipolar disorder. Lithium, olanzapine, aripiprazole, and risperidone monotherapy are FDA-approved for manic or mixed states in pediatric patients, while quetiapine is approved as monotherapy or as an adjunct to lithium or divalproex for manic states.

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Children’s Mental Health Facts:

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

 

Helping Children and Youth With Bipolar Disorder: Systems of Care


This fact sheet provides basic information on bipolar disorder in children and describes an approach to getting services and supports, called “systems of care,” that helps children, youth, and families thrive at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes persistent, overwhelming, and uncontrollable changes in moods, activities, thoughts, and behaviors. A child has a much greater chance of having bipolar disorder if there is a family history of the disorder or depression. This means that parents cannot choose whether or not their children will have bipolar disorder.

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It's all so confusing...

As if the effects of pediatric bipolar disorder are not difficult enough to cope with.... on top of that, there is so much diagnostic and treatment confusion......

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Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder


Many women with chronic mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, become pregnant or plan to have children at some point in their lives. Managing bipolar disorder throughout a pregnancy is a delicate balance of the risks and benefits of the illness versus treatment, and should be done in close collaboration with knowledgeable professionals, both psychiatric and obstetric. Many women are concerned about the impact of a pregnancy on their illness and about the potential effects of medications they take on their child.

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BOULDER, Colo.,  -- Family-focused therapy, combined with medication, appeared to stabilize depression symptoms in adolescents with bipolar disorder, a randomized trial found.
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  • Explain to interested patients that intense family therapy plus medication helped relieve depression symptoms and improved recovery in bipolar teenagers.

  • Explain that in this formulation, the family intervention had no effect on mania symptoms.

Approximately 90% of bipolar adolescents in two groups (intense family-focused therapy versus less-intense enhanced care) had a full recovery at two years from their original mood episode, David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, and colleagues reported in the September issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

However, teens in the family-focused therapy group recovered faster, spent fewer weeks in other depressive episodes, and had a more favorable trajectory of depressive symptoms than those given less intense therapy, the researchers said.

But, they said, neither intervention improved mania symptoms.

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07 Oct 2008    Young adults who had bipolar disorder as children are likely to suffer from manic episodes, according to an article released on October 6, 2008 in Archives of General Psychiatry.


Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder that involves episodes of mania and depression. There is significant debate about how pediatric bipolar disorder, which affects children, should be diagnosed. According to the authors, recent increased media attention to this disorder, it is important to explore diagnosis of the disease and any potential ramifications later in life.

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