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Dr. Diler explains methods of diagnosing bipolar disorder (BD) in children and emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis in children and adolescents.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Integrate the base rate of bipolar disorder (BD) in youth when evaluating the risks for the BD diagnosis
  • Increase diagnostic accuracy by identifying core symptoms of bipolar disorder (BD) in youth
  • Improve patient outcomes by identifying the risk factors associated with course and outcome of bipolar disorder (BD) in youth

Reading Resources:

  1. Birmaher B, Axelson D, Goldstein B, et al. Four-year longitudinal course of children and adolescents with bipolar spectrum disorders: the Course and Outcome of Bipolar Youth (COBY) study. Am J Psychiatry Jul 2009;166(7):795-804.
  2. Axelson DA, Birmaher B, Strober MA, et al. Course of subthreshold bipolar disorder in youth: diagnostic progression from bipolar disorder not otherwise specified. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Oct 2011;50(10):1001-1016 e1003.
  3. Youngstrom EA, Freeman AJ, Jenkins MM. The assessment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am Apr 2009;18(2):353-390, viii-ix.


Dr. Diler has financial interest with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Phychiatry Quest for the Test for Bipolar Disorder Award Supported by Ryan Licht Sang Foundation

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 9/6/2012 | Last Modified On: 9/6/2012 | Expires: 9/5/2013

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