Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder

The bad science and misdiagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder.

How To Misdiagnose Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

11 easy steps for professionals to misdiagnose child bipolar disorder
  • 1. Ignore DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder
  • 2. Make up your own criteria for bipolar disorder
  • 3. Believe that because one parent has bipolar disorder a child probably has bipolar disorder
  • 4. Assume that a child who is frequently angry is likely to have bipolar disorder
  • 5. Assume that a child who is depressed is likely to have bipolar disorder
  • 6. Interpret temper tantrums as mood swings
  • 7. Administer to your patient's parents The Child Bipolar Questionnaire developed by Demitri F. Papolos
  • 8. "Clarify" the diagnosis by having the patient psychiatrically hospitalized
  • 9. Refer parents to the Child Bipolar Foundation for support and education
  • 10. Consider poor response to stimulants evidence of bipolar disorder
  • 11. Consider good response to anti-psychotics, anti-seizure meds or lithium evidence for bipolar disorder

 

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Stuart L. Kaplan, M.D., is the author of Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created The Diagnosis

www.notchildbipolar.com

Stuart L. Kaplan, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.

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