The Future of Bipolar Kids May Be Changed
Pediatric bipolar disorder diagnosis has increased by 4,000 percent in 25 years, which has many psychiatrists up in arms. As this diagnosis is lifelong research, psychiatrists remain concerned over the tendency to overuse the term when it comes to children. The therm Temper Dysregulation Disorder might be used in the future.
Luckily, the American Psychiatric Association has plans to present a new diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which will hopefully be used for children in place of bipolar labels. This label, viewed as a brain dysfunction, will be called the “temper dysregulation disorder”, and it will not be viewed as a lifelong condition.
About Temper Dysregulation Disorder
Remembering that this is currently a proposed disorder, understanding its definition and diagnostic criteria is important.
The disorder will be diagnosed for children between 6 and 10, and will be considered a biological or brain dysfunction. It includes severe recurrent temper tantrums in relation to mild, common stressors.
The child will need to exhibit symptoms for a year or more, and must not be symptom-free for three months or more. This helps exclude the normal, occasional temper tantrum of the disorder-free child. The child will also have no long-term “highs” of euphoria for this diagnosis.
Investing in the future for children under mental care means considering this new diagnosis over bipolar disease.
Change is Tough – Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Even though the new diagnosis will be entered into the official guidelines for psychiatry, it is still up to the doctor to make the final diagnosis. The research psychiatry community is still unsure if the diagnosis will take off, even though it is better for the children.
Humans are creatures of habit, so the bipolar diagnosis might be too easy to reach, and for parents to understand. While the Temper Dysregulation Disorder diagnosis may be a precursor to adult bipolar disorder, it is a label with a shorter timeline.
The child will separate from this diagnosis if no other bipolar symptoms appear into adulthood, as the researchers behind this new diagnosis are hoping.
Pediatric bipolar disorder
Pediatric bipolar disorder was considered rare until the mid 90’s, and current researchers aim to put it back in the rare column.
Children who have this diagnosis live with the label for a lifetime, even after symptoms are controlled or disappear.
Since children are proven different than adults, it is essential that the psychiatric community begin to label them differently than adults with similar disorder symptoms.