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Diagnosis and Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Depression in Pediatric Patients

Robert L. Findling, MD, MBAa

Published: June 29, 2021

Bipolar depression in youth has a negative effect on numerous domains, including physical and emotional well-being, school and family functioning, friendships, and academic success. Early treatment is crucial, yet diagnosis is difficult. The standard of treatment often requires life-long psychopharmacological management, and most treatments increase risk of adverse effects. Pediatric patients who have at least 1 parent with bipolar disorder are considered to be at higher risk for also developing bipolar depression, although there is currently no clear evidence of efficacious pharmacotherapy for these patients.

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To cite: Findling RL. Diagnosis and pharmacotherapy of bipolar depression in pediatric patients. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021;82(4):SU20014BR2C.
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