New York-based Psychiatrist, Dr. Gabrielle A. Carlson has voiced her opinion regarding the possible over-diagnosis of bipolar disease among adolescents. In today's LA Times, Dr. Carlson attests that '1 of every 5 children referred to her with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder actually had it. The rest had autism, depression, anxiety or another psychological disorder. All these conditions involve different treatments, with drugs, behavioral therapy or both.' (LA Times)
Dr. Carlson suggests that one possible reason for the over-diagnosis stems from parents who link their child's condition to genetics, in which case, "they don't have to deal with their chaos, their psychiatric disorder, their marital troubles or abuse."
Or maybe it's just time to stop reading too much into the artwork hanging from the fridge.
Dr. Carlson specializes in second opinion evaluations of child/adolescent, emotional and behavioral problems, and mood/bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, and ADHD. She practices in Stony Brook, New York.