But I have never witnessed anything like the tidal wave of unwarranted enthusiasm for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children that now engulfs the public and the profession.
Before 1995, bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depressive illness, was rarely diagnosed in children; today nearly one third of all children and adolescents discharged from child psychiatric hospitals are diagnosed with the disorder and medicated accordingly.
Any caregiver is likely to be vulnerable to stress.
However, parents who care for a child with a serious mental illness (SMI) are at increased risk for adverse physical symptoms resulting from stress.
Its increasing complexity is often caused by the presence of comorbid conditions (which has) become the rule rather than the exception,” say Doron Sagman and Mauricio Tohen, the MD’s who authored the article which appeared in an issue of .
It’s estimated that more than two million Americans have Bipolar Disorder, a manic-depressive illness, which often starts in an individual during the teen years, but can also emerge later in life.
Comorbid conditions in Bipolar Disorder are “pressing to the core of (this) mood disturbance,” the authors wrote.
Sagman and Tohen list the most common comorbid conditions associated with Bipolar Disorder to, “help guide the clinician through this diagnostic maze and associated treatment considerations,” including: Comorbidity is, “the rule rather than the exception,” the authors claim, and treatment “invariably requires an integrated approach that focuses on both disorders simultaneously, incorporating both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy…case management, vocational rehabilitation, individual and family counseling, housing and medications.”At the Optimum Performance Institute, we’ve observed over the years that the issue of pharmacotherapy (medications) isn’t an easy one for young adults to take-in.
In the autumn of 1994, a novel idea was afoot in my profession.
At the annual conference of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, I attended a workshop on bipolar disorder in children.
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