What is the risk of bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness) in children and adolescents with severe emotional lability?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Some of the most challenging situations involve children and adolescents with severe emotional lability. Often, psychiatrists have applied the bipolar diagnosis to this group. Leibenluft reviewed this situation and concluded that children have increasingly been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. [117] In some cases, the criteria were clearly met, whereas other cases were less clear.


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