If your child throws severe temper tantrums, has strong and frequent cravings and has difficulty concentrating, he or she may be a bipolar child.
Often misdiagnosed, this disorder is now explained in a new book by the author of Overcoming Depression. Demitri Papolos visited The Early Show to speak about his latest book, The Bipolar Child.
Previously called manic depression, bipolar disorder was thought to affect only adults, but recent studies have found that not only it is manifested as early as infancy but also it is more common than expected.
According to the authors, nearly one-third of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be bipolar.
And in The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder they warn about the problems that may arise if medication for ADHD is prescribed to bipolar patients, and also suggest practical ways your family can use to deal with this disorder.
Other books by Dimitri Papolos include:
- Genetic Studies in Affective Disorders: Overview of Basic Methods, Current Directions, and Critical Research Issues
- Overcoming Depression: Respected Reference for the Millions Who Suffer from Depression and Manic Depression and for Their Families
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