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Old 07-18-2008, 11:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just a quick question - I have been reading around the boards and getting back into the swing of it here and I have been surprised to read several posts about children around the age of 10 with the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Am I right in thinking that such diagnoses are not given to children in the UK in the same way? I know there are children who display certain behaviours that may be indicative of certain mental health conditions, but to be able to apply the label of bpd to a child seems unusual in this country?

Perhaps I am ill informed or maybe it is a difference between the US and the UK?

Does anyone know any better than me?

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It's extremely unusual for a child to receive that diagnosis in the UK. I'm not saying I'm an expert by any means but I worked in schools for 10 years and worked with many children with statements and special needs. This included children with emotional and behavioural problems, children being treated with depressive behaviour, etc. Never heard of anyone at primary school level (under 11) being described as bipolar.
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The current thinking in this country remains that it's unusual for someone to have a first bipolar episode before their late teens or 20s. The whole ebd label gets used more often.

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the replies.

Flapjack, it's good to see you on here. I don't know if you remember me, but we used to frequent a couple of other boards at the same time around 6 years ago.

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That wasn't your username on rebel mums, though, was it? I do remember you

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I was jacs on rebel mums and mamajax on hipmama I think...

I miss rebel mums - i still hear of some of the old members over on facebook.

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