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