Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder

Early-onset bipolar disorder is manic-depression that appears early–very early–in life.

For many years it was assumed that children could not suffer the mood swings of mania or depression, but researchers are now reporting that bipolar disorder (or early temperamental features of it) can occur in very young children, and that it is much more common that previously thought.

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Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. is one of a handful of psychiatrists in the world who began to see and to speak out about the possible deleterious effects of antidepressants and stimulants in the population of children within the bipolar spectrum.

His extensive work with youngsters with the condition and their families, led him to team with coauthor, Janice Papolos, to write the first book ever published on the subject of early-onset bipolar disorder, The Bipolar Child.

The Effectiveness of Ketamine

Recently, there has been a growing interest in ketamine as a rapid and effective treatment for people with depression and bipolar disorder who are resistant to other treatments. Request a consultation with Dr. Papolos to find out more.

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The Diagnostic Assessment Program for Juvenile Bipolar Disorder provides preliminary diagnostic and symptom severity measures, as well as scaled scores of other key symptom dimensions. The Child Bipolar Questionnaire (CBQ)

Delivered with the compassion and humor, Janice Papolos paints a revealing picture of a day in the life of children and adolescents suffering with bipolar disorder, and of those who love them. A DVD enhanced with music, photos, and additional footage.

About.com wrote that the first edition of The Bipolar Child was “the shot heard round the psychiatric world” as this book began to change the way child psychiatry understood children suffering with these symptoms, and how they should, (and should not be) treated.