Apparently, many clinicians and professors of psychology and English and such have formed a large community of bipolar skeptics.
Some of them even claim that bipolar disorder does NOT exist, EVER, in childhood.
It must be, therefore, that God, or Nature, decided to begin this illness only at the age that the US constitution decides is the right age at which we can allow a person to vote, or to kill another person in a war.
I didn’t know God and Nature decided to follow our voting and killing patterns.
But now that we have learned this important metaphysical fact, I still am bothered by some apparent scientific disproofs of the newly discovered Constitutional wisdom of the bipolar skeptics. I’ll mention the most important, in my view, and I will ask those who make this claim, such as my colleague on this Psychology Today website, to respond directly to it:
Do the bipolar skeptics believe that depression happens in children? Clinical depression, meeting standard adult definitions for depression: does that happen in children? Skeptics obviously don’t think that mania happens in children. But my question is about depression: Does it happen? I will be surprised if the bipolar skeptic will state that depression NEVER happens in kids either. (In that case, childhood would be truly idyllic.)