How Should We Treat Children With Bipolar Disorder?
Help them now, and stay open about the future
Dr. Gabrielle Carlson, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Stony Brook University, discusses what mental health professionals know—and don’t know—about the future of kids diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The fact is, she says, that outcomes vary widely, and the most important thing for doctors and families to focus on is helping the child in the present. Only then can we adequately care for children in distress.