What is Early-onset Bipolar Disorder?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder is a serious mental illness characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, mania, and/or mixed symptom states.

Can it be Diagnosed?

Like other mental illnesses, Bipolar Disorder cannot yet be empirically proven - for example, through a blood test, a DNA swab or a brain scan. Without an empirical test, Bipolar Disorder is particularly difficult to recognize and diagnose in Children and Adolescents because it does not precisely fit the symptom criteria established for adults.

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