Bipolar Disorder — In Kids?


Bipolar disorder in kids (also called manic-depressive illness) is a relatively new concept, says author Irene S. Levine in an excellent article, "What’s Happening to My Son?" in the current issue of Readers Digest. As recently as a decade ago, she says, many experts thought the
disorder was found only in
adults. But in the past few years, more and more kids are being
diagnosed.

Experts are finding that many adults with bipolar disorder first had symptoms as children. And this really caught my attention: Levine says an estimate in a Harvard
Medical School newsletter said that about 1 in 200 youngsters is
affected, though this is controversial, she notes. Some say the number is too high
and that too many kids are being medicated for mood swings. Check out this important story and share your thoughts here.

P.S. The piece also includes links to a list of symptoms and info on where to find help.

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3 Responses to “Bipolar Disorder — In Kids?”

  1. Irene says:

    Thanks for sharing this information with your readers, Kathy. I was so privileged to be able to interview this courageous family. They were very brave to tell their story so others could better recognize the signs and symptoms of this often misunderstood disorder.
    My best,
    Irene
    Irene S. Levine, PhD
    Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

  2. Kathy Sena says:

    Hi Irene,
    Thanks for the note. Your medical credentials certainly make for wonderful reporting when you do a piece like this! You really know your stuff. I’m happy to help spread the word.

  3. Vera Penick says:

    About 10 years ago a neighbor lady, who is bipolar, went off her medication and poured a pot of hot chicken broth on her husband while he slept in the middle of the night. She was locked up in a mental hospital. Her very-intelligent son graduated from high school but did not go on to college. He seemed very confused as to what was important to have a happy and successful life. He moved away. Her husband sold the house. It destroyed the family as they knew it. My heart aches for anyone who suffers from this illness.
    Kathy’s Mom