I’ve got some share-worthy links for you today. First is a podcast that you can listen to by clicking on the link below. It’s about diagnosing bipolar disorder in children and adolescents from Dr. Kenneth Towbin who is the Chief of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Throughout the 27 minute podcast he answers tough questions many of you may have. It’s worth your time!
You’ll hear his perspective on how a lot of kids who have severe mood dysregulation may look bipolar as a child, but grow up to have anxiety or depression and not bipolar disorder as an adult. He digs deeper into the differences of bipolar disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder and how irritability can be part of many types of disorders. He also shares how rages alone don’t indicate bipolar disorder and clarifies how to evaluate responses to medications. He then offers up alternatives to medication for the treatment of mood disorders.
Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
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Next, CNN did a story this past month about Gianni Cristini, a young child struggling with mental illness and sucidal thinking since he was 4 years old. This story comes with an insightful video showing the heartbreaking experience, one you may relate to.
Suicidal at 4: Young and mentally ill
By Kyung Lah, CNN
updated 3:06 PM EST, Tue February 11, 2014
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Wishing you all a good week ahead. Hang in there… take it one day at a time, or even one moment at a time. Praying for you all this week.