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Developmental implications: Childhood and Adolescence

Developmental implications: Childhood and Adolescence

  • Lifetime prevalence of pediatric and adolescent bipolar disorders is estimated at about 1%.
  • Diagnosis is difficult.
  • Treatment strategies
    • Psychopharmacology
      • Lithium
      • Divalproex
      • Carbamazepine
      • Atypical antipsychotics
    • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (A D H D) is the most common comorbid condition.
    • A D H D agents may exacerbate mania and should be administered only after bipolar symptoms have been controlled.
    • Family interventions
      • Psychoeducation about bipolar disorder
      • Communication training
      • Problem-solving skills training