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Prevalence of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

Hassan, Amani, Agha, Sharifah Shameem, Langley, Kate and Thapar, Anita 2011. Prevalence of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry 198 (3) , pp. 195-198. 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.078741

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Abstract

Background Some research suggests that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher than expected risk of bipolar affective disorder. No study has examined the prevalence of bipolar disorder in a UK sample of children with ADHD. Aims To examine the prevalence of bipolar disorder in children diagnosed with ADHD or hyperkinetic disorder. Method Psychopathology symptoms and diagnoses of bipolar disorder were assessed in 200 young people with ADHD (170 male, 30 female; age 6–18 years, mean 11.15, s.d. = 2.95). Rates of current bipolar disorder symptoms and diagnoses are reported. A family history of bipolar disorder in parents and siblings was also recorded. Results Only one child, a 9-year-old boy, met diagnostic criteria for both ICD–10 hypomania and DSM–IV bipolar disorder not otherwise specified. Conclusions In a UK sample of children with ADHD a current diagnosis of bipolar disorder was uncommon.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Medicine
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 21:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28926

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