Involvement with peer mentors is associated with better social functioning and community adjustment.

More info: 60 individuals with a mental health diagnosis of “schizophrenia,” “schizoaffective disorder,” or “bipolar disorder” and at least one psychiatric hospitalization were followed for 7 months. Social functioning and employment of problem-centered coping strategies were higher amongst those who participated in peer-run programs and self-help groups than amongst people who received only services as usual from their Community...

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Symptoms of bipolar disorder are strikingly similar to symptoms displayed by children with ADHD taking stimulant medications

More info: Authors of this case study of a 7-year old child work at The Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic at Children’s National Medical Center, which provides comprehensive evaluations to children and adolescents who present with school problems; the center has witnessed an increase in the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and discuss the possible link between use of ADHD medications and the...

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33% of children taking atomoxetine (brand name – Strattera) experienced extreme irritability, aggression, mania, or hypomania, and those with a family or personal history of mood disorder were especially likely to develop these symptoms.

More info: Authors reported on 153 sequential patients (average age 10.5 years old) treated with atomoxetine (brand name – Strattera) in outpatient settings in Denver, Colorado, and North Branch, Minnesota.  51 (33%) had psychiatric symptoms; of these 51 cases, 31 children (61%) also had a family history for mood disorders, 41 children (80%) had personal history of mood symptoms . From the source: “Our collective experience argues that...

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Children with certain symptoms are being labeled as having bipolar disorder even though there is little support for the diagnosis

More info: The author, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, summarizes her experience and knowledge regarding the increasing number of children she is seeing in her practice who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. From the source: “However, it is not yet clear whether the symptom that we are labeling bipolar disorder among children are related, biologically or etiologically, to bipolar disorder. Telling parents that their...

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