Presented by: Michael Pipich, LMFT
Research suggests that while some form of Bipolar Disorder is prevalent in up to 5% of the population, about two-thirds of people with the disorder are misdiagnosed and will wait an average of about ten years before receiving proper treatment. With the average age of bipolar symptom onset at 18 years old, many children and adolescents with Bipolar Disorder go undiagnosed and poorly treated, resulting in devastating life consequences, including increased self-harm, substance abuse, and suicide. This training will focus on improving accurate diagnosis techniques and an appropriate treatment approach for Bipolar Disorder in children and adolescents.
1. To better identify childhood markers for bipolar disorder
2. Establish a more accurate diagnosis, differentiating from other typical childhood disorders including ODD, ADHD, and DMDD
3. Develop a bipolar treatment plan towards bipolar acceptance, symptom stabilization, and ongoing family education and support