Collaborative role of the pediatrician in the diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder in adolescents

Benjamin N. Shain, Paula K. Braverman, William P. Adelman, Cora C. Breuner, David A. Levine, Arik V. Marcell, Pamela J. Murray, Rebecca F. O'Brien

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Abstract

Despite the complexity of diagnosis and management, pediatricians have an important collaborative role in referring and partnering in the management of adolescents with bipolar disorder. This report presents the classification of bipolar disorder as well as interviewing and diagnostic guidelines. Treatment options are described, particularly focusing on medication management and rationale for the common practice of multiple, simultaneous medications. Medication adverse effects may be problematic and better managed with collaboration between mental health professionals and pediatricians. Case examples illustrate a number of common diagnostic and management issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1725-e1742
JournalPediatrics
Volume130
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Adolescent bipolar disorder
  • Collaboration
  • Interview guidelines
  • Psychiatric diagnosis
  • Psychotropic medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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