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Re: use in kids Nat'sMom

Posted by Geezer on January 18, 2003, at 11:53:12

In reply to use in kids, posted by Nat'sMom on January 16, 2003, at 11:38:15

I would like to agree with what djmmm said about a reevaluation of disgnosis. Has Bipolar Disorder been completely ruled out? There are "fads" that crop up in psychiatry - a few years ago the big fad for children was ADD and ADHD (the DX often made on the say-so of a teacher or social worker), today the fad seems to be Bipolar Disorder (I, II, III, IV, etc.). The problem in making the DX is the lack of "empirical science" in the testing (no blood tests, no genetic markers, etc.). I am convinced on one point - if the child does have Bipolar Disorder - you can't effectively treat his moods without first "stabilizing" him. This requires anti-epileptic meds., then perhaps the addition of ADs and/or drugs from other catagories. It is just MHO but the thought of giving a kid with Bipolar, pstims only, gives me the shivers (I did it to myself for years with poor results). Just my thoughts, I do want to see your son recover and have relief from his pain.

Very best wishes,

Geezer


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