Research brief: Bipolar symptoms greatest in youth

Children with bipolar disorder suffer more than adults with the condition, US researchers have found. They assessed the symptoms of 263 children aged between seven and 17 with bipolar spectrum disorders. While adults typically take months or years to vary between manic and depressive periods, children were found to take just weeks. As a result, children and adolescents with bipolar disorder are symptomatic 60 per cent of the time (Arch Gen Psych 2006; 63: 175-83).

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