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Driving a Stake in the Heart of the Beast of the Misdiagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Although the DSM-V Child and Adolescent Disorders Work Group has rendered an invaluable service to the public by taking a critical stand against Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, disturbing signs of endorsement of the diagnosis are creeping back into the Work Group’s deliberations. Like a horror movie, just when we’ve been lulled into thinking our heroes have killed the monster, the monster comes back to life.  In this post and several more to follow, I want to slay the monster completely.  If good evidence for its existence cannot be found, pediatric bipolar disorder should be consigned to a museum of psychiatric fads rather than a place in DSM-V.

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