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Anxiety

Childhood Bipolar? Parenting Advice

When you have a child with bipolar, parenting advice is never in short supply and is understandably not very welcome. However, in my practice, I spend far more time undiagnosing “the bipolar child” than I do diagnosing bipolar in children (see my previous post, "Childhood Bipolar or Something Else?"). The fact is that many children have a variety of challenges that share some characteristics with bipolar disorder, including anxiety, depression, and plain old frustration and anger. And while standard effective parenting techniques alone...
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Bipolar Depression

Depression and Bipolar Disorder Linked Biologically to Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association has released a statement () identifying major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder in adolescents as specific risk factors for the early development of cardiovascular disease. Their review of numerous studies shows consistently higher risks of cardiovascular disease in adolescents with mood disorders compared to those without.

Increased rates of heart disease in adults with depression and bipolar disorder have been well documented, but this is the first full examination of the data in young people with mood disorders.
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Anxiety

Son Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 5th Grade Now Adult

Gwen


My son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the 5th grade. He is now about to turn 21. He cuts and he cannot hold a job or finish a class at the local community college.

His bipolar disorder seems to be more depression-based than manic, or maybe the lithium and Abilify he takes helps the mania but doesn't treat the depression.

Are there any medications recently developed which can help the depression? I know...
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Advocacy

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: How Should Parents Help Child with Serious Problems and Multiple Diagnoses and Meds?

Cathi


My friend's 9 year old has had severe behavioral problems and several alternating diagnoses. The Dr. has prescribed Focalin, Trileptal, Lamictal, and Seroquel. She has no concentration, violent outbursts, hallucinations, etc. She has been diagnosed, at present, with ADHD, Bipolar, ODD, and PDD. She will not do work at school; instead, she sits and picks at her skin. She has been violent and tried to choke other individuals....
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Bipolar Research

Harvard Psychiatrists Punished over Drug Company Money

According the NPR health blog "Shots," three psychiatrists at Harvard University who were leaders in research on bipolar disorder in children were punished over not disclosing payments from drug companies for research and other activities totaling more than $ million dollars. (See "Harvard Punishes 3 Psychiatrists Over Undisclosed Industry Pay," by Richard Knox.) The psychiatrists cannot accept any payments from industry for one year and must...
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Alternative Treatments

Posture Control in Bipolar Disorder

In a recent study entitled "Postural Control in Bipolar Disorder: Increased Sway Area and Decreased Dynamical Complexity," Indiana University researchers measured and compared the magnitude of postural sway between study participants with and without bipolar disorder. The study involved 32 participants, 16 of whom carried the bipolar diagnosis. The control group was made up of 16 age-matched non-psychiatric healthy participants. Participants were asked to stand as still as possible on...
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Childhood Bipolar

Sorting Out Childhood Bipolar and ADHD with Brain Imaging

A big challenge in diagnosing bipolar disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially in children, is that the two disorders share behavioral symptoms, including impulsivity, irritability, and attention problems.

Unfortunately, they don't share treatment protocols; if the diagnosis is wrong, treatment may be counterproductive. Stimulants, like Ritalin, which are effective in treating ADHD can make a child with bipolar disorder more manic. Giving a mood stabilizer, like Tegretol, to...
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Childhood Bipolar

Childhood Trauma Linked to Psychosis: Maybe Not

We often discuss the stressors that play a role in triggering bipolar disorder in adults who have a genetic susceptibility to it, but what about stressors in childhood?

Results of a study published in the January 2011 edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry entitled "Childhood trauma and children's emerging psychotic symptoms: A genetically sensitive longitudinal cohort study," claim to show that childhood trauma from maltreatment and bullying is...
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