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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2009 Dec;47(12):22-6. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20091103-02.

Pediatric bipolar disorder.

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  • 1Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic, Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60608, USA.


Pediatric bipolar disorder differs from the adult form of the disorder, marked by longer episodes, rapid cycling, prominent irritability, and high rates of comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and anxiety disorders. A careful assessment by families of children's symptoms, including their duration and intensity, helps with accurate diagnosis. After the diagnosis is made and careful psychopharmacological intervention is initiated, psychiatric nursing treatment of children and adolescents with pediatric bipolar disorder should involve child-and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapies, family support, and psychoeducation.

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