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Glossary of Terms

This document gives a listing of the acronyms, abbreviations and terms used by doctors, educators and other treatment professionals.

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An Educator's Guide to Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

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Translation of Science to Service: Mani Pavuluri, MD, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago

This paper is Mani Pavuluri's contribution to The Balanced Mind Parent Network's series, Translation of the Scientific Evolution of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.  The series presents the leading researchers' contribution to the field.  It describes the programmatic approach and direction of the labs, the seminal questions which drive their research, a listing of their most important findings and a summary of how their work impacts the field.  As chair of the The Balanced Mind Parent Network Scientific Advisory Council from 2008-2010, Dr. Pavuluri created this series and inspired her colleagues to contribute so that parents and clinicians could gain a better understanding of evolution of the field and how the study of child onset bipolar disorder fits into the larger field of child psychiatry.  The Balanced Mind Parent Network is extremely grateful for Dr. Pavuluri's leadership.

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Parent Version of the Young Mania Rating Scale (pdf version)

The P-YMRS is attached, in PDF format.

The P-YMRS consists of eleven questions that parents are asked about their child's present state. The original rating scale (Young Mania Rating Scale), was developed to assess severity of symptoms in adults hospitalized for mania. It has been revised in an effort to help clinicians such as pediatricians determine when children should be referred for further evaluation by a mental health professional (such as a child psychiatrist), and also to help assess whether a child's symptoms are responding to treatment. The scale is NOT intended to diagnose bipolar disorder in children (that requires a thorough evaluation by an experienced mental health professional, preferably a board-certified child psychiatrist). This version has been tested in a pediatric research clinic with a high number of children with bipolar disorder. The child's total score is determined by adding up the highest number circled on each question. Scores range from 0-60. Extremely high scores on the P-YMRS increase the risk of having bipolar disorder by a factor of 9, roughly the same increase as having a biological parent with bipolar disorder. Low scores decrease the odds by a factor of ten. Scores in the middle don't change the odds much.

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OCD or PANDAS Syndrome?

Did your child’s neuropsychiatric symptoms come on suddenly following an infection? Do you notice that your child’s symptoms suddenly worsen during or just following an infection? Does your child have obsessive-compulsive symptoms or tics? If so, you may be looking at a case of PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus).

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