Predicting the Development of Bipolar Disorder and Mood Recurrences

Post Date: January 16, 2020


Pediatric bipolar disorder usually develops during adolescence. It can increase risk for behavior problems, substance abuse and suicidality.

Diagnosing children with bipolar disorder can be difficult for a number of reasons.

However, a risk calculator based on data from the Pittsburgh Bipolar Offspring Study (BIOS) shows about 70% accuracy in predicting new onset of bipolar disorder among youth of parents that had bipolar disorder.

Boris Birmaher, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, describes how the calculator was developed.

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