Bipolar Child Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

In 1994 there were 20,000 national visits where children or teens under nineteen were diagnosed with or were treated for Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression.

In 2003 there were 800,000 national visits to treat manic depression or Bipolar in the same age group of children in The United States. This jump goes along with an increase in antipsychotic medicine used to treat Bipolar.( AP)

Most of the powerful antipsychotics used to treat adults are not well studied in children.(AP)

Symptoms can include but are not limited to: extreme mood swings, disruptive behavior, and extreme irritability in children.

Many suggest parents get a second diagnosis and many experts believe over 50% are misdiagnosed.(AP) ADHD, Conduct Disorders, ADD, anxiety and depressed mood disorders can have similar behaviors according to experts.

Psychotherapy and counseling combined with family counseling has shown positive results.

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