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.
  • 8. “Clarify” the diagnosis by having the patient psychiatrically hospitalized.
  • 9. Refer parents to the Child Bipolar Foundation for support and education.
  • 10. Consider poor response to stimulants evidence of bipolar disorder.
  • 11. Consider a good response to anti-psychotics, anti-seizure meds or lithium evidence for bipolar disorder.
  • 12. Enroll your child in a research study for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

       Copyright: Stuart L. Kaplan, M.D 11/6/2011

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  2. Truth says:

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    We are clearly failing in prevention of these very real illnesses such as cancer and diabetes and asthma, including with our children. This failure pales, however, in comparison to psychiatric disease, or so-called mental illness. Childhood “mental illness” is now virtually pandemic in the United States as an estimated 1 of 7 school age children is on at least one psychotropic drug, and many are on several. Our analysis of the statistics showed an estimated 40-fold 4,000% increase in the number of children on psychiatric drugs between 1970 and 2000 (Breeding, 2000). This is, of course, immensely profitable, billions of dollars in sales for various specific drugs used to “treat” these children’s “mental illnesses.”

    Pseudoscience and the Creation of Imagined Disease

    This drugging of our nation’s children is tragic because of the very dangerous, toxic nature of these substances. It would be tragic even if the so-called psychiatric diseases of childhood were real diseases like diabetes or asthma. It is beyond tragic, however, when one confronts the fact that these “illnesses”—ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, etc.—are only alleged or imagined diseases. Real disease is discovered by medical scientists, confirmed as an objective, identifiable physical or chemical abnormality such as a cancer tumor or a blood sugar imbalance. Alleged disease is proclaimed by fiat. Mostly these consist of so-called mental illnesses. Most common in our nation’s children would be “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (ADHD), followed by others like the current rage named Bipolar Disorder, and Depression. These “diseases” are not discovered, and there is no verifiable physical or chemical abnormality. Rather, a group of “experts” from the American Psychiatric Association decides that certain behaviors (called symptoms) are abnormal and votes these sets of behavior into existence as diseases. For example, ADD was voted into existence in 1980, and ADHD in 1987. It is difficult to estimate the numbers, but we think it is fair to conservatively say that at least 12 million young people are on psychiatric drugs in this country today, and many of them are on a few or several!

  3. My 10 year old daughter is being treated for bipolar disorder. She is on 7 medications but has always acted perfectly normal for a 10 year old. Where can a parent turn to get help?

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