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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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by Hilary Smith
May 07, 2010--Dealing with a bipolar diagnosis is hard. Dealing with parents, friends and relatives who have misguided notions about what having bipolar entails can be even harder. Help someone coping with mental illness by being open, understanding and well-informed and by nixing any false beliefs and assumptions.

There are many misconceptions about bipolar. Here are five myths and the surprising truths about a bipolar diagnosis:


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Broad Application of Bipolar Diagnosis in Children May Do More Harm than Good

Researchers critique expanded diagnosis and recommend strategies for dealing with troubled children

In a paper published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health,Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston examine the evolution of the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and its dramatic increase since the mid 1990s, after the criteria for diagnosis broadened. They emphasize that there is vigorous debate in pediatric psychiatry about whether symptoms in children accurately reflect the criteria for bipolar disorder, particularly for mania.  

The increase in cases has led to concerns about accurately defining psychiatric disorders in children as well as the safety and efficacy of resulting pharmacological treatment. 


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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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A tale of ordinary madness: the pressure of life with dad

As a child, Martin Townsend lived with the chaotic highs and lows of his father's manic depression. On the eve of the second reading of a controversial mental health bill, he recalls his family's struggle to cope with the illness within the man they loved

Sunday April 15 '07
The Observer

As a journalist and editor for nearly 30 years, I have come across countless depressing stories about mental illness. The most infamous ones almost always involve assault, rape or murder, but all of them leave me with a heavy heart.
In the aftermath of the worst cases, the same question is asked: how could this happen? Then an identical discussion ensues: how do you balance the rights of the mentally ill with the security of the public at large?


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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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  • Goldberg Mania Scale
    Instructions: You might reproduce this scale (use the print option at the upper left had corner of this post )and use it on a weekly basis to track your moods. It also might be used to show your doctor how your symptoms have changed from one visit to the next. Changes of five or more points are significant. This scale is not designed to make a diagnosis of mania or take the place of a professional diagnosis. If you suspect that you are manic, please consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible.
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