Children And Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder Essay

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One aim in helping children and adolescents with bipolar disorder is reaching a therapeutic level of lithium, but baseline knowledge is from studies done with adult patients. Studies such as Weller, M.D., Weller, M.D., Fristad, M.A. (1986) have shown a need for a plan to increase lithium dosages over a specified amount of time, under strict clinician supervision with blood tests. Patient’s dosages were gradually increased over the course of a month to reach a level believed to decrease symptoms but not affect the patient (lithium poisoning).
Another group of medications mentioned by NIMH are anti-psychotics, especially risperidone. In small amounts risperidone has been known to treatment mania and mixed mania symptoms better than other medications. As well as a better outcome risperidone is also FDA approved (NIMH, 2012). In Haas et. al study (2009) a group of 169 children were split into three groups, a control (placebo), Risperdone (.5 to 2.5mg), and Risperdone (3 to 5mg). The median age of children was thirteen and many had other disorders besides bipolar such as Disruptive Mood Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and half of patients had ADHD. There was a significant improvement in patients who received the Risperdone. From the beginning of Risperdone treatment to the end of the three week trial period patients improved on the Youth Mania Rating Scale with almost a 50% reduction (YMRS). Patients also completed the Clinical Global Impression –…

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