Increase Seen in Bipolar Disorder Diagnoses

Increase Seen in Bipolar Disorder Diagnoses

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness where one’s mood switches between periods of highs or mania, and periods of depression. In many cases, it requires medication to control, and at the very least it demands therapy and follow-up. What we know is that we have seen a huge increase in the number of children and adolescents being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Certainly, doctors are recognizing it more and according to experts at Johns Hopkins, they might be over-treating it. They say if one looks at diagnoses that go along with prescribing, clinicians are using bipolar as a diagnosis 40 times more often than before.

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