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

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Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis examines this diagnostic fad through a variety of lenses. Author Stuart L. Kaplan, MD, draws heavily on his forty years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and professor of child psychiatry to make the argument that bipolar disorder in children and adolescents is incorrectly diagnosed and incorrectly treated.

As Dr. Kaplan explains, the dramatic rise in this ...

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Overview

Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis examines this diagnostic fad through a variety of lenses. Author Stuart L. Kaplan, MD, draws heavily on his forty years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and professor of child psychiatry to make the argument that bipolar disorder in children and adolescents is incorrectly diagnosed and incorrectly treated.

As Dr. Kaplan explains, the dramatic rise in this particular diagnosis is not based on scientific evidence, nor does it reflect any new discovery or insight about the etiology or treatment of the disorder. In fact, the opposite is the case: the scientific evidence against the existence of child bipolar disorder is so strong that it is difficult to imagine how it has gained the endorsement of anyone in the scientific community.

Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder: How Bad Science and Good Public Relations Created the Diagnosis explains to parents and professionals the faulty reasoning and bad science behind the misdiagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder. Dr. Kaplan critiques the National Institute of Mental Health, academic child psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the media for their respective roles in advocating this diagnosis. He describes very clearly what the children and adolescents actually do have, explains how it should be treated, and provides real-life clinical scenarios and approaches to treatment that work.

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"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."

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Canadian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313381348
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Series: Childhood in America Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,446,891
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Critique of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

1 Adult Bipolar Disorder and the DSM System 3

Adult Bipolar Disorder 4

The DSM System 8

2 Pediatric Bipolar Disorder 15

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder as ADHD and ODD 17

The Development of the Diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder 24

Bipolar Disorder in the Very Young 32

One Authoritative View 35

3 Some Studies of the Scientific Basis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder 39

Genetics 40

Age of Onset: Family Studies 43

Age of Onset: Self-Report 46

Epidemiology 48

Treatment or Prevention? 50

4 Cultural Influences in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder 55

How Culture Helps Shape Mental Illness 56

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder as a Media Event 58

Professional Support for the Diagnosis 64

Psychological Consequences of Misdiagnosis 68

Conclusion 71

5 Child and Adolescent Depression: A Brief Introduction 75

Diagnosing Depression in Children and Adolescents 76

The Diagnosis of Depression in Children and Adolescents and DSM-IV Criteria 77

Suicide 81

Depression and Bipolar Disorder 82

Conclusion 82

6 Did Romeo and Juliet Have Bipolar II Disorder? Bipolar Disorder in Adolescence 83

Romeo and Juliet 83

Aggression and the Misdiagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in an Adolescent 85

Bipolar Disorder in an Adolescent 86

Conclusion 88

Part II Medications and Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

7 Three Medications for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder 93

Lithium 94

Valproate 97

Risperidone 99

Conclusion 103

8 Clinical Trials 109

A Change in Clinical Child Psychiatry 110

Introduction to Clinical Trials 112

Multisite Clinical Trials 113

Example of a Clinical Trial 115

Conclusion 120

9 Bad Science 121

The Importance of Falsification 122

Diagnostic Errors 123

Mixing Apples and Oranges 126

Chicken or Egg? 126

Conclusion 127

10 Stimulant Medications 129

Ethical Considerations 130

Increase of Use in Stimulant Medication 132

The MTA Study 134

Stimulant Risks 139

Conclusion 146

Part III Advice for Parents

11 Medication Advice for Parents 153

Stimulant Medications 153

Antipsychotic Medications 155

12 A Family-Based Behavior Modification Program for Oppositional Children 157

Reinforcing Bad Behavior 158

The Behavior Modification Program: An Overview 160

Stage I Rewards List 162

Stage II Misbehavior List 164

Stage III Baseline Data 165

Stage IV Implementation 166

Family Therapy Considerations 169

For Parents Only 172

Afterword Sharna Olfman 173

Index 175

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Great book about what childhood bipolar disorder is not!

    This book is brilliantly written and scholarly. It is long overdue providing solid evidence that what is often diagnosed as pediatric bipolar disorder is not true bipolar disorder.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Read This Book!

    An excellent book - scholarly and well written. A welcome antidote to the current craze for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in prepubertal children. Read this book!

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