Clinical Manifestations and Treatment of Youth with Bipolar Disorder
Boris Birmaher, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disorder, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Western Psychiatric Hospital
There is controversy regarding the existence or the manifestations of bipolar disorder (BD) in children. Some clinicians diagnose this disorder while others rarely see a child with BD.
Since pediatric BP severely affects the child’s normal development and increases the risk for other psychiatric disorders and suicide, it is important to recognize and treat it early in life. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the problems with its diagnosis during childhood (e.g., variability in symptom presentation, effects of age on symptoms manifestation), its course, and its treatment.
1) The symptoms of pediatric bipolar disorder the controversies and problems associated with the diagnosis of this disorder in children.
2) The course of pediatric BD and factors associated with increased risk to develop BD.
3) The treatment of children and adolescents with BD.