Diagnosing children with Bipolar Disorder is controversial. Identifying discrete periods of mania and depression is complicated by the fact that there are often co-occurring disorders, such as ADHD and other behavioural conditions. And even when a diagnosis is made, the issue of treatment becomes an issue, especially since little is known of the pharmacodynamics of those medicines typically prescribed in children.
In this short, but very informative film that I recently came across, psychiatrist Dr. Moira Rynn discusses a new research study she’s involved in that investigates bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. The main aim of the research is to assess the efficacy of the mood stabilizer lithium administered to young people with bipolar disorder, as well as elucidating any side effects they might experience.