Q: Bipolar and ADD|
Dear Dr. Phelps,
Wow! Today I found answers to many questions that have been troubling me since my 12 yr. old son was diagnosed with ADD/Bipolar Disorder 1-1/2 years ago.
What are your views on the issue of ADD being MISDIAGNOSED as BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Also after recent auditory/developmental testing, we found out that my son's I.Q. level was considered "gifted." He has been in a g.t. program for years and the I.Q. test confirmed our speculations about his intellectual gifts. But after researching the EMOTIONAL TRAITSseemed to only raise questions about his diagnosis of ADD/BP?
Dear Melissa --
Giedd JN. J Clin Psychiatry 2000;61 Suppl
9:31-4 Bipolar disorder and
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.
Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md
20892, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an example of the kind of research being done in this area:
2. The BE-FIRST Study
(Bipolar Early Family Intervention Research Study Team)
The George Washington University seeks 7-14 year-old boys with behavioral
problems with one parent diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The clinical trial is
designed to assess medication treatment of Depakote for at-risk children with
behavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder which
are associated with an increased risk for the onset of bipolar disorder. The
Principal Investigator, Dr. David Mrazek, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences at Mayo Clinic, is collaborating with the Principal On-site
Investigator, Kate Plaisier, M.D., as well Frederick Goodwin, M.D., Adelaide
Robb, M.D., and Steven Pankopf, M.D. Families in the Washington, DC area that
are interested may ca! ll the BE-FIRST hotline at (202) 994-2522.
3. Carlson GA, Loney J, Salisbury H, Kramer JR,
Arthur C. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 2000
Fall;10(3):175-84 Stimulant treatment in young boys
with symptoms suggesting childhood mania: a report from a longitudinal