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How to Misdiagnose Child Bipolar Disorder

12 easy steps for professionals to misdiagnose child bipolar disorder

  • 1. Ignore DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder
  • 2. Make up your own criteria for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  • 3. Believe that because one parent has bipolar disorder a child probably has bipolar disorder.
  • 4. Assume that a child who is frequently angry is likely to have bipolar disorder.
  • 5.   Assume that a child who is depressed is likely to have bipolar disorder.
  • 6. Interpret temper tantrums as mood swings.
  • 7. Administer to your patient’s parents The Child Bipolar Questionnaire developed by Demitri F. Papolos.
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