Monday, September 22, 2008

BPD in children

The NYT has an interesting article on bipolar disorder in children, rife with quotes from sources intimately profiting from the creation of this new diagnosis. You can read a good critique of the article here.

Personally, unless my kid was a clear danger to themselves or my family, I would be extremely hesitant to put them on any kind of psychiatric drug that hasn't been specifically studied for its impact on children and developing brains. To my knowledge, there are no drugs that fit those criteria.