Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Disorder not formally recognized in children.(Health)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV is the bible of psychiatry. If the book doesn't list a diagnosis with particular symptoms, then it doesn't exist.

Or at least it's not formally recognized. And the rapid-cycling bipolar disorder that some mental health experts are diagnosing in children is not listed in the DSM-IV.

"The criteria of DSM-IV requires one mood state or disorder to last for at least a week," said Demitri Papolos, a New York psychiatrist and a leader of the movement to recognize the illness. "We have found rates in 60 to 85 percent of children of very rapid daily (mood) cycles."

The diagnosis is controversial for some people, Papolos said. …

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