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Bipolar Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Boris Birmaher MD. is director of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services program at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and the endowed chai in Early-Onset Bipolar Disease and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This podcast addresses two research questions: 1) Who among children and adolescents are at risk to develop bipolar spectrum disorder and 2) among patients who develop this disorder, who is at risk for recurrence? This discussion showcases a controlled-prospective, 20-year duration research study of children at higher risk because at least one of their parents has this disorder.

Released: 6/10/20


Hafeman DM, Merranko J, Birmaher D Toward the Definition of a Bipolar Prodrome: Dimensional Predictors of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in At-Risk Youths. Am J Psychiatry 2016 Jul 1;173(7):695-704.

Goldstein BJ, Birmaher B, Youngstrom EA. Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges in Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents Special Reports, Bipolar Disorder, Child Adolescent Psychiatry.