pediatric bipolar depression disorder debate

Pediatric Bipolar Depression Disorder Debate

Some debate in the literature exists specific to whether bipolar disorder can be diagnosed in childhood. While some have anecdotally argued that it is not possible for children to develop bipolar disorder (as normal features of childhood confound the diagnosis), other sources argue that pediatric bipolar disorder is a fact.

In this Discussion, you engage in a debate as to whether pediatric bipolar disorder is possible to diagnose.

Evaluate diagnosis of pediatric bipolar depression disorder

  • Analyze consequences to diagnosing/failing to diagnose pediatric bipolar depression disorder

To Prepare for the Discussion:


  • Write “for” or “against” in the subject line of your Discussion post.
  • Based on the position you were assigned, justify whether pediatric bipolar depression disorder should be diagnosed.

Support your position with evidence and examples.

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Optional Resources

Thapar, A., Pine, D. S., Leckman, J. F., Scott, S., Snowling, M. J., & Taylor, E. A. (2015). Rutter’s child and adolescent psychiatry (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

  • Chapter 62, “Bipolar Disorder in Childhood” (pp. 858–873)
  • Chapter 63, “Depressive Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence” (pp. 874–892)

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