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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: New Data to Inform Classification

April 19th, 2010

Differences between research groups in the approaches used to diagnose bipolar disorder in children and adolescents have limited the comparability of findings across research studies and have impeded progress in understanding the course of illness, in delineating etiology, and in developing efficacious interventions. The purpose of this meeting was to take an important step forward in resolving these methodological discrepancies. The meeting had three specific goals:

  • Identify the differences among approaches currently used to diagnose bipolar disorder in youth and reach consensus on how to operationalize symptoms/criteria in research studies of Bipolar-I, -II, and -NOS
  • Identify approaches that can be used to reconcile differences and reach consensus as to the primary assessment tools to be used in research studies assessing bipolar youth
  • Define areas of classification or assessment that require further investigation

NIMH convened a working group of 24 invited experts to present and discuss data to address the meeting goals. This summary outlines the discussion and describes the guidelines developed by the working group:


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