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Topics in Bipolar Disorder

August, 2006 | Vol: 4 Issue: 8

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Article

Bipolar Disorder in Children: Is the Diagnosis Valid?

We’ve all noticed the trend: children are increasingly being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This issue is controversial, because psychiatrists are already accused of overmedicating children.

The STEP-BD Study: An Introduction

The STEP-BD study, an NIMH-funded study of bipolar disorder, has enrolled its last patient, and we have already begun to see the first results filtering through to the psychiatric journals.

Do Antidepressants Cause Switching?

The latest foray into the controversial issue of antidepressant-induced switching appeared in the February issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry (2006;163:232-239). The last time TCPR took up this topic (June 2005), we reviewed a meta-analysis of antidepressant use in bipolar disorder. That paper concluded that SSRIs cause the same rate of manic switching as placebo (Am J Psychiatry 2004;161:1537-1547). The authors of the newly published research would beg to differ.

Bipolar II Disorder: A Useful Concept?

How common is bipolar II disorder, and are we frequently missing the diagnosis?

CATIE, STAR*D, STEP-BD

What’s in a Name?

Expert QA