Special Issue "Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2013) | Viewed by 33109
The prevalence of bipolar disorder among children and adolescents is thought to be similar to that among adults: 0.6% to 1.1%. However, there are many differences in the presentation and course of bipolar disorder in youth versus adults: In adults, bipolar disorder frequently presents with a manic episode, and then continues with periods of recovery in-between episodes. Childhood onset bipolar disorder, on the other hand, can present with continuous, mixed manic, rapid cycling states or, conversely, with an initial depressive episode. In addition, children may experience mood episodes differently from those who present in adulthood. For example, children in manic episodes are more likely to be irritable, with aggressive outbursts and behaviors while manic adults tend to be euphoric, or elated, while a depressed child may cry, scratch, and whine constantly, while a depressed adult will appear unhappy, sluggish, and may even exhibit suicidal behavior. Children and adolescents with bipolar illness can experience substantial distress and high degrees of morbidity and mortality. In recent years, the majority of calls to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association have been looking for advice on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in very young children. Given the variation in presentation and course, as well as the public health implications for this demographic, it is critical that we as researchers understand the underlying pathophysiology of early-onset bipolar disorder so that we can help develop more effective and targeted treatments for children and adolescents with this illness.
These reviews will cover the following important topics spanning the diagnosis, course, and treatment of early-onset bipolar disorder:
• Risk and/or impact of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents
• Novel diagnostic techniques/development of biomarkers for early-onset bipolar disorder
• Monitoring of symptoms of early-onset bipolar disorder
• Mechanisms of therapy for early-onset bipolar disorder
• Management of patients with early-onset bipolar disorder
Dr. Constance M. Moore
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- bipolar disorder
- children and adolescents
- early onset
- novel therapies
- diagnostic techniques
- clinical care