Approximately 3 percent of American youth have bipolar disorder, other researchers recently reported. Since this figure is comparable to its prevalence among American adults, which is about 4 percent, the researchers thus believe that most adults with bipolar disorder probably develop it in their youth. For more information about this study and other recent research on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, see Psychiatric News here and here. In addition, an article just posted on Psychiatric Services in Advance reports on costs of treating bipolar disorder among privately insured youths and how cost patterns differ from those of adults. Read that article here. And read more about the growing body of knowledge on diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in young patients in Clinical Manual for Management of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents from American Psychiatric Publishing.
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