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Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis
     

Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis

by Stuart L Kaplan M.D. (Editor)
 

An eminent child psychiatrist provides an insider's, whistle-blowing perspective on the promotion of a diagnostic entity that does not exist.

• Arresting case histories

• A reference section

Overview

An eminent child psychiatrist provides an insider's, whistle-blowing perspective on the promotion of a diagnostic entity that does not exist.

• Arresting case histories

• A reference section

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder is a well-organized and readable critique of the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder that presents strong evidence that bipolar disorder does not exist in children under the age of 12. . . . We recommend this book for child psychiatrists, parents, pediatricians, general practitioners, and other health professionals who treat this difficult pediatric population. With the ongoing controversy surrounding the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder, it is imperative that health professionals take the initiative to educate themselves, and this book is a welcome vehicle to guide critical appraisal of the relevant literature from Dr. Kaplan's perspective. It could also serve as an invaluable tool for parents struggling with difficult-to-manage children and perhaps provide some guidance and clarity around more appropriate diagnosis and evidence-based interventions." - Canadian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313381348
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2011
Series:
Childhood in America Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

Elizabeth J. Roberts
"Dr. Kaplan's book carries an extremely important message to parents, one that could change the course of your child's health and well-being. These psychotropic medications which are given so freely to every misbehaving child who has been wrongly labeled bipolar, have serious side effects and consequences, some of which cannot be reversed. Before you jump to the conclusion that your child has bipolar disorder, you owe it to your child to read this book. You could be saving your child's future and maybe his life."

Theodore A. Petti
"At last there is a book that clinicians can refer parents for an alternative view of the 'bipolar child.' Dr. Kaplan has tackled a highly controversial topic area and with his significant experience and familiarity with the relevant research literature has crafted a work that provides parents a guide to better understand the symptoms, classification, and treatment of the child with severe mood dysregulation and problematic, highly labile behavior. The author has not disguised his own views but does provide both sides of the bipolar disorder diagnosis and its treatment in grade-school children. This is done in an easily led, almost chatty manner for parents and those caring for this very difficult pediatric population. The book should be of value to primary care physicians and related health sector and school personnel and parents of these children."
Lee Combrinck-Graham
"With his carefully crafted examination of the lack of a substantial basis for the existence of Bipolar Disorder in prepubescent children, Kaplan throws down the gauntlet to the media, the pharmaceutical companies hawking drugs to 'stabilize moods' and the researchers who have 'invented' this condition. Parents reading this book should be assured that their preadolescent child does not have bipolar disorder, and Kaplan not only describes some of the sources of the worrisome behaviors of aggression, anger, hyperactivity, mood swings, and difficulties negotiating the social and educational demands of childhood, but also strongly endorses effective treatments, including medication, behavioral interventions, and family support."
Susan D. Mayes
"Stuart Kaplan has written a brilliant, scholarly, and long overdue book providing compelling evidence that what is often diagnosed as pediatric bipolar disorder is not true bipolar disorder. In over 30 years of clinical practice, I have seen many children considered to have pediatric bipolar disorder and have yet to meet one whose symptoms are not better explained by combined ADHD and ODD, consistent with Dr. Kaplan's contention. He eloquently interweaves clinical case examples with research evidence producing a convincing argument against pediatric bipolar disorder. His book is an essential guide for clinicians and parents for understanding, diagnosing, and treating what is often mistakenly referred to as pediatric bipolar disorder."

Daniel Safer
"Your Child is Not Bipolar presents in clear prose a very well-informed, solidly argued expose of a current, highly problematic, and misleading psychiatric diagnosis in children. The author is a seasoned clinician, researcher and academic who is passionate about improving diagnostic accuracy in the field."

Meet the Author

Stuart L. Kaplan, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA.

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