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Bipolar Disorder: Another Brick in the Wall

Maybe the Pink Floyd song should go, “Hey doctors…we don’t need your medication.” Denise Gellene of The Los Angeles Times reports bipolar disorder may be over-diagnosed in youths:
The report in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry said bipolar disorder was found in 1,003 of every 100,000 office visits from children and adolescents in 2002-03, compared with 25 of 100,000 office visits in 1994-95.


The diagnosis of bipolar disorder among adults increased twofold during the same period, researchers said.

The study didn't investigate the reasons for the sudden rise in bipolar cases among children and adolescents. A book published in 2000, "The Bipolar Child," made the controversial assertion that one-third to one-half of children with depression had bipolar disorder.

Dr. Mark Olfson, a psychiatrist at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and senior author of the latest study, said part of the increase was attributable to an under-diagnosis of bipolar disorder in the past.

But Olfson said another reason was the mislabeling of children and adolescents with aggressive or irritable behaviors as bipolar, an illness that is treated with powerful psychotropic medications, many of which have not been tested in children.
I’ve got plenty of little cousins and I can I tell you firsthand. At least half of them are hopped up, a scary reality and perhaps, all too common. Here’s what Dr. Fuhrman had to say about this:
I don’t know, but I am always suspicious of all these diseases that are increasing in the last 20 to 30 years with our chemicalized, drugged, medicated, polluted, and nutrition-less toxic food environment. Soon almost all kids will be on medications for something.
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Brenda - September 7, 2007 12:37 AM

My daughter was seeing a therapist who told me that doctors were being told to diagnose more children with this disorder. Why they need more with this diagnoses I don't know. I quit seeing that therapist and have taken her to see a pediatric psychiatrist.

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