May 22, 2007

Is Childhood Bipolar Disorder Overdiagnosed in the US?

New Scientist magazine has an indepth article that covers the issue of the increasing tendency for atypical American children to be diagnosed with 'juvenile bipolar disorder'.

The article suggests that young children are being increasingly diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the US, despite the fact that there is limited evidence for its validity and disagreement about its symptoms.

The diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder is - other experts have noted - has many issues associated with it.

Part of the issue is that children often are not able to report their thoughts and emotions adequately, and equally importantly there are many different forms of distress get expressed as 'misbehaviour', making it hard to distinguish between different causes.

Read the full article: Bipolar children - is the US overdiagnosing?


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