Treatment guidelines, developed by expert consensus and a review of literature about the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorders, are presented. The four sections of these guidelines include diagnosis, comorbidity, acute treatment, and maintenance treatment.
In About Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Guide For Families, The Balanced Mind Parent Network examines bipolar disorder that emerges in childhood or adolescence.
Today we debut the Parent Connection, a new column that will appear each month in the DBSA eUpdate. We also debut the first in a new series of parent-focused DBSA podcasts, which will showcase important emerging treatments for, and information about, depression and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Today's podcast features DBSA Parent Volunteer Coordinator Julia Small, who speaks with Dr. Kenneth Towbin of the National Institute of Mental Health about ongoing research that will further our understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder and related mood disorders. Read more: http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_eupdate_2014_february#PC
Opinion piece: The approach to the pharmacotherapy of maladaptive aggression in children is similar to the one that a clinician might pursue when considering any psychopharmacological treatment for a child. Do a meticulous assessment while ensuring safety. Weigh the therapeutic options. Carefully think about the putative risks and benefits of the medications. But also thoughtfully consider the risks associated with continued dysfunction and suffering versus the possible benefits of symptom amelioration.