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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 09-15-2003 - 9:26am
Can bi-polar be diagnosed in 10 year olds? What do they test?
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Registered: 04-25-2003
In reply to: kpziegler
Mon, 09-15-2003 - 1:35pm
Yes. They can diagnose quite young these days. You need to find a qualified doctor in your area that believes it can exist in children. There's several listserves out there too with great information.

Go to for some good info on kids with bipolar.

ANd if you don't have a copy of the book, The Bipolar Child - GET IT. Even if you have to check it out of the library. It's fantastic and will help you get a handle on things and where to start.


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Registered: 05-01-2003
In reply to: kpziegler
Mon, 09-15-2003 - 1:38pm
Yes, Bi-Polar can be diagnosed in children but some doctors do not want to make that diagnoses and often tell parents that it cannot be diagnosed in children. This is not true but rather the personal preference of the doctor. Bi-polar in children is not the same as the classic cases in adults. It is often missed and often times it is AD/HD that is the diagnosis. It can sometimes be very hard to tell the difference between bi-polar in kids and AD/HD. The best book out there and the leading authority on Bi-Polar is The Bi-Polar Child by Demitri and Janice Papolos. There is a great section in there that helps you tell the difference. Making any kind of mental health diagnosis is pretty much the same and is a matter of elimination and time that various symptoms are present.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: kpziegler
Tue, 09-16-2003 - 9:34am
my son was DXed with several similar disorders until he was 6. He was said to have ADHD at 4, then an inpulse disorder(never hear of that one) then a mood disorder. he has all along taken meds for BP (bipolar disorder). This is what we had to do, first we listed family member who had BP or BP like symptoms. My mother is BP, we found out hubbys great grandmother died in a mental hospital DXed manic depressant, which is now called BP.

Second thing we did was keep a journal & mood chart. It really helped us see the moods fluctuate dailey, and worsening weekly. Also, we saw what certain meds did to him. It was a bit harder for his DX because he has ADHD also. We had to look at other behaviors to see wich disorder was causing problems. Like if he was very hyper, we had to look at sleep patterns too to see if it was the BP causing mania.

Here are some great article on BP vs ADHD. Add the W's