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Original Research

Childhood Bipolar Disorder: A Clinical Vignette

Robert G. Zylstra Gina M. DeFranco Julia B. McKay a. Lee Solomon

Published: October 14, 2005

Article Abstract

Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents can easily be misdiagnosed, as symptom patterns overlap with other mood disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and commonly differ from adult presentations. A detailed description of the child’s behavioral history and previous treatment response is critical to accurate diagnosis. Although studies with children are limited, a number of psychopharmaceuticals have been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Parent/caregiver and educational support are essential components of successful treatment. This article describes an 11-year-old patient with bipolar disorder and then summarizes related treatment issues and options.

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