Children and Teens

Though it's often hard to diagnose in young people, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that up to one-third of the 3.4 million children and teens with depression in the U.S. may have bipolar disorder. The word "may" is emphasized as there is debate about whether some children suffer misdiagnosis.

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