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ADHD Is So 90's -- Bipolar Disease Is All The Rage

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I haven't found an online version yet, but there's a great article in the New Yorker this week about how diagnoses of bipolar disease (aka manic depression) have replaced ADHD as the fashionable diagnosis for troubled children who may or may not actually have the disease (here).
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I just recently had the pleasure of comming across this. First lets get some facts:

It is estimated that Bipolar affects close to 1 million children and adolescents in the United States alone. However, pediatric bipolar disorder is still often misdiagnosed. It is suspected that many children diagnosed with ADHD have early-onset bipolar disorder instead of, or in conjunction with ADHD. Also, according to several studies, it is estimated that 3.4 million children and adolescents with depression in the United States may be experiencing early onset bipolar disorder, but have yet experienced the manic phase of the illness.

Secondly, it is a very real disease that these children are suffering from and parents are dealing with. These aren't just children who are misbehaving every once in awhile.

I always find it very interesting and disappointing that there are people in the professional community (who do not know what it is like to live with a bipolar child that is ultra-rapid cycling and is a threat to himself and everyone around him) that try to judge parents who are fighting very hard to get their children the help that they need. It is these professionals that cause parents to be reluctant about seeking help for their children when they need it. The results of not treating the children who need it can be tragic.

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