Stuart L. Kaplan, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, has authored over 100 scientific journal articles, presentations, and book chapters in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has served as the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at university medical schools, as the Director of Child Psychiatry physician training programs, and on the editorial boards of prestigious scientific child psychiatric journals. He is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Kaplan is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
The major context for this blog is the publication of my book, Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis. I'm a fierce critic of the diagnosis in children and its overdiagnosis in adolescents. My book describes the failures of organized psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the media that led to the acceptance of the disorder.
In this blog I go beyond what is in the book to extend my critique to current developments about bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.