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Irritability and bipolar disorder 

Irritability and bipolar disorder
Irritability and bipolar disorder

Argyris Stringaris

and Eric Taylor

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date: 10 December 2019

Irritability was at the core of the so-called pediatric bipolar controversy. Clinicians in the United States are much more likely to diagnose bipolar disorder even in very young children and this has been an increasing trend over the last 15 years. This chapter provides an overview of the problem and its consequences and proposes that differentiating between chronic and episodic irritability can help reduce misdiagnosis of chronic irritability as bipolar disorder. Then there is a discussion on how episodic irritability, a common symptom of bipolar disorder, may be treated effectively in young people. The chapter ends by describing the key research that has been conducted on severe chronic irritability and its distinctions from bipolar disorder.

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