4 year old bipolar???????? - page 3

so a 4 year old is diagnosed with bipolar by a pediatrician, put on depakote........ what do you think???? child is unmanageable with any sort of discipline, will throw tantrums over an... Read More

  1. by   heart queen
    Tom,wouldn't even know where to begin, so I'm hesitant to make you defensive and even firmer in these beliefs. :uhoh21:

    While my experience had the psyc. hesitant to give a formal diagnosis until age 18. He did treat the symptoms with meds, and they work. The most difficult part is the multiple med. trials until the correct med is found. There is no easier way.

    Also common, is misdiagnosing Bipolar as ADD/ADHD in younger children, until the teen years where the cycling is easier to identify, because personalities have been forming, changes easier to identify.

    Just my humble opinion, this child (from the little info I have), shows dangerous behaviors to self and others. Inpatient therapy for safety is needed. Good luck
  2. by   canoehead
    Folks, let's make sure this thread stays useful. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and please don't think that someone's opinion specifically means you and your family. Let's support each other.
  3. by   bail
    Quote from TinyNurse
    so a 4 year old is diagnosed with bipolar by a pediatrician, put on depakote........
    what do you think????
    child is unmanageable with any sort of discipline, will throw tantrums over an hour.......child hits himself and says "mommy hit me" ( right in front of others) child injures pets to the point of pet deformation. several specialists are sought out at this point in time, and the depakote has been upgraded to 250mg/ morning and 125mg night. ( with no change in behavior)
    what do all of you psych nurses think??????? please............
    Was this child diagnosed by a psychatirc pediatrician? I am a psch nurse, and I can't make a diagnosis, but this does not sound like bipolar to me. I agree with another post, with regard to a sepeartion anxiety disorder of some type. How is the child doing? How are the parents holding up? Are you getting counselling?
  4. by   bail
    I am a psych nurse. While I cannot make a diagnosis, this does not sound like bipolar disorder to me. I agree with another post with regard to a seperation anxiety disorder, or something like that. Are you as a family getting counselling as well? Is the child involved in any kind of behavioral modification program? How are you all doing?

    bail

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