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April 25, 2012

The diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) has increased more than 4,000% from 1994 to 2003 according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  As numbers for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder continue to rise exponentially, both parents and the medical community are wondering the same thing:

Is it Pediatric Bipolar Disorder…or is it ADHD?

The Washington Post published an article yesterday with a list of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Symptoms.

Parents, do any of these symptoms also sound like ADHD?

■ Extreme, recurring depression, and sadness.

■ Explosive anger (esp. after four); extreme hostility, irritability, and dangerous or risky behavior.

■ Intense separation anxiety.

■ Trouble sleeping.

■ Racing thoughts.

■ Rapid, pressured speech.

■ Unusual silliness.

■ Bossing authority figures.

■ Compulsive creativity.

■ Cravings for particular objects or food.

■ Excessive multi-tasking.

Later this week we will discuss these symptoms in depth, and also symptoms of other psychological disorders and factors which have similar qualities to Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.


The Washington Post.  Tango of Mind and Emotion by Jacqueline Marshall. Children with bipolar disorder: Maybe true, definitely troubling.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2006/largest-study-to-date-on-pediatric-bipolar-disorder-describes-disease-characteristics-and-short-term-outcomes.shtml



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Robert Pressman

Dr. Robert Pressman is an internationally known Board Certified Family Therapist & Pediatric Psychologistwho has been in practice for over 37 years. As Director of Research for the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology, he is known for his landmark work in children’s ADHD and behavior problems.

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, author, and lecturer. Her work with the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology earned international press.

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