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Proposed Diagnostic Change Not Enough To Help Children Currently Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder

Shifting children from the controversial diagnosis of bipolar disorder to one that more accurately reflects their symptoms will not by itself decrease the rate of psychopharmacologic treatment and is not enough to help troubled children flourish, according to a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at The Hastings Center, a bioethics […]

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Brain Imaging (MEG) Studies Help Pinpoint Child Bipolar Circuitry

A series of imaging studies are revealing that the brain works differently in youth with bipolar disorder (BD) than in chronically irritable children who are often diagnosed with pediatric BD. “This suggests that chronically irritable children may suffer from a syndrome distinct from BD and may require different treatments,” said Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., chief of […]

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Offspring Of 2 Psychiatric Patients Have Increased Risk Of Developing Mental Disorders

Offspring of two parents with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear more likely to develop the same illness or another psychiatric condition than those with only one parent with psychiatric illness, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The offspring of two parents with psychiatric […]

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Broad Application Of Bipolar Diagnosis In Children May Do More Harm Than Good

Troubled children diagnosed with bipolar disorder may fare better with a different diagnosis, according to researchers at The Hastings Center. The researchers support an emerging approach, which gives many of those children a new diagnosis called Severe Mood Dysregulation (SMD) or Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysphoria (TDD). (read the full story)

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Same Genes Suspected In Both Depression And Bipolar Illness

Researchers, for the first time, have pinpointed a genetic hotspot that confers risk for both bipolar disorder and depression. People with either of these mood disorders were significantly more likely to have risk versions of genes at this site than healthy controls. One of the genes, which codes for part of a cell’s machinery that […]

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Excellent Free Resource: “Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens – A Parent’s Guide” E-Book

Children and teens who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder often face significant life style adjustments not only for themselves, but for family and friends around them. Medication management, psychological treatments, and other behavioral modifications can be intimidating, frustrating, and difficult to adapt too. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently released a free evidence based […]

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