Bipolar Children

Bipolar Children

Cutting-edge Controversy, Insights, and Research

Book - 2007
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Over the last decade, the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has increased up to fortyfold. This is a trend exclusive to the United States, and one that, alarmingly, leads to most of the diagnosed children--some still in their infancy--being prescribed antipsychotic drugs, often in combination with anticonvulsants. These classes of drugs have dangerous side effects, including a doubling of mortality rates, shortened life span, extreme weight gain, and Type II diabetes. In this book, psychologist Sharna Olfman leads a team of widely known experts who examine that astonishing rise in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder, particularly in the absence of any compelling evidence for either the validity of the criteria being used to diagnose it or the safety and effectiveness of the drugs being used to treat it. "When a child is unnecessarily prescribed antipsychotic and anticonvulsant drugs, his or her mental and physical health may be irrecoverably compromised," says Olfman. "With as many as two-and-a-half million children from across the socioeconomic spectrum now taking antipsychotics, we have set the stage for widescale child abuse."
Scrutinizes the incredible increase in the number of children - some as young as one year old - being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and being treated as a result with drugs that have dangerous side effects.

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Scholars and practitioners from the US and UK contribute essays that discuss the rise in the diagnosis of bipolar children, tied to the prescription of dangerous antipsychotic and anticonvulsant drugs. Olfman (clinical and developmental psychology, Point Park U.) compiles nine essays that consider why the approach to the causes and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder has changed so much, noting the absence of valid evidence for the diagnostic criteria or safety and efficacy of the drugs. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In this book, psychologist Shama Olfman leads a team of widely known experts who examine the astonishing rise in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder, particularly in the absence of any compelling evidence for either the validity of the criteria being used to diagnose it or the safety and effectiveness of the drugs being used to treat it.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 9780275997304
0275997308
Characteristics: viii, 164 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Olfman, Sharna

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