Seeking Info-BP & Young Children
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Q:  Seeking Info on BP & Young Children

Dr. Phelps-

My 5 year old son has recently been diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder and ADHD.  I am having a difficult time finding information specifically for such a young child. My goal is to help him and to arm myself with knowledge.  He is currently under the care of a Pediatric Psychiatrist.

I am concerned because as I search for information, I keep running across scenerios where the child-(older than my son) has had to be hospitalized. I would like to avoid this if at all possible. I worry about his stability.

Would you be able to point me in the right direction for information on bi-polar, treatments and information for me that is specifically aimed for a child that is so young?

I am overwhelmed with the amount of information, yet I am am unable to find the information I am looking for.

Thank you for your time.


Dear Kathryn -- 
It's overwhelming, you're right.  Have you found yet?  That's the best clearinghouse on your question that I know of.  If I may be so bold, I think you might find something useful on my site as well, for general information about bipolar disorder beyond the basics such as you could find here.  For example, check out the updates listed on the home page under BPII; and the section on treatment details within the material on BPII

Dr. Phelps

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