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Children Labeled ‘Bipolar’ May Get a New Diagnosis

Children Labeled ‘Bipolar’ May Get a New Diagnosis

Since the mid-1990s, the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has increased a staggering 4,000 percent. And that number has caused a lot of controversy in the world of child psychiatry.

Doctors faced with kids struggling with explosive moods felt the diagnosis was appropriate and said that the bipolar medications they gave to children worked. Research psychiatrists worried that the children were being given a label that wasn’t right for them, and saddled with the sentence of a serious mental illness for the rest of their lives.

Original source: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123544191

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