Bipolar Children: Cutting-Edge Controversy, Insights, and by Sharna Olfman PDF

By Sharna Olfman

Over the decade, the variety of young ones clinically determined with bipolar disease has elevated as much as fortyfold. this can be a pattern specific to the us, and person who, alarmingly, results in lots of the clinically determined children―some nonetheless of their infancy―being prescribed antipsychotic medicines, usually together with anticonvulsants. those periods of substances have risky unwanted effects, together with a doubling of mortality charges, shortened lifestyles span, severe weight achieve, and sort II diabetes. during this ebook, psychologist Sharna Olfman leads a workforce of well known specialists who research that marvelous upward thrust within the prognosis of pediatric bipolar illness, quite within the absence of any compelling proof for both the validity of the standards getting used to diagnose it or the security and effectiveness of the medicine getting used to regard it. while a toddler is unnecessarily prescribed antipsychotic and anticonvulsant medicinal drugs, his or her psychological and actual health and wellbeing can be irrecoverably compromised, says Olfman. With as many as two-and-a-half million childrens from around the socioeconomic spectrum now taking antipsychotics, we now have set the degree for widescale baby abuse.

The participants to this revealing and worrying quantity comprise psychiatrist David Healy, one of many world's top specialists on psychotropic medications; pediatrician Philip Landrigan, an across the world popular health and wellbeing researcher; and Robert Whitaker, an award profitable clinical journalist. The individuals determine and clarify complicated and interrelated elements that experience set the level for the pediatric bipolar epidemic, and so they suggest perform and coverage adjustments to stem the tide of misdiagnosis and unsafe drug prescriptions.

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She felt that both were helpful, although I wasn’t certain how regularly she was taking either. A lithium level revealed blood serum levels in the low but therapeutic range. Gloria had embarked on an ambitious health-related curriculum at her high school, but within three weeks she had transferred out of the more difficult classes. By the end of the first quarter, her school performance was just mediocre, and she was disappointed in herself. However, she met regularly with an individual therapist and was not especially depressed or unhappy.

He also confirmed what I had noticed in the family visit—that there was serious disagreement and tension between the parents. Indeed, in a separate meeting with the parents, it became clear that their marriage of twelve years was on the rocks. Jody’s anxieties about herself and her children also were quite noticeable. Her profound sense of inadequacy and worry about her children greatly compromised her ability to set limits for them, and tended to reinforce Steven’s own worries about himself and his inability to control his fears and anger when he wasn’t rescued or didn’t get what he wanted.

It takes extra time from my life, especially 38 BIPOLAR CHILDREN from my evenings and weekends. I get paid for very little of the work I do in this arena. But I don’t stay awake for ninety-six consecutive hours thinking, planning, and working on my passion. I don’t believe I am on speaking terms with President Bush, or even with Oprah. I have dinner every evening with my family and still find time to play tennis two or three times a week. I don’t think I’m bipolar or even hypomanic. You may not agree.

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