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Early-onset bipolar disorder is manic-depression that appears early–very early–in life

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Lamotrigine (Calabrese et al, 1996; Yatham et al, 1996; Yatham et al, 1997; Kusumakar et al, 1997) has shown promise in bipolar depression and rapid cycling bipolar disorder in open studies. Double-blind studies are currently being conducted. Doses ranging from 50 mg to 300 mg per day have been used. It is wise to start at a low dose of 12.5 mg to 25 mg per day, titrated up slowly. There is early evidence, albeit in open studies, that, when combined with Divaproex or Lithium, patients may often respond to doses between 75 mg to 150 mg per day. Monitoring of liver functions, PT & PTT, CBC and skin rash is essential. The appearance of skin rash could herald a Steven-Johnson's Syndrome or a severe dermatological crisis.

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Virtually anyone can develop bipolar I disorder. About 2.5% of the U.S. population suffers from bipolar disorder -- almost 6 million people. Most people are in their teens or early 20s when symptoms of bipolar disorder first appear. Nearly everyone with bipolar I disorder develops it before age 50
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Bipolar Disorder Boris Birmaher, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry Co-Director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Bipolar Institute Chair, Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
20 – March Madness, September Slides: The Seasonal Aspects of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder At a recent conference on pediatric bipolar disorder, the topic of the seasonal aspects of the illness came up and caused a flurry of nods from the parents in the audience.

For many years it was assumed that children could not suffer the mood swings of mania or depression, but researchers are now reporting that bipolar disorder (or early temperamental features of it) can occur in very young children, and that it is much more common that previously thought.

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A baby's brain continues to develop in critical ways in the first eighteen months or more of life: Inadequate amounts of nurturant care/attention during early stages of life, can inhibit normal neurological development specific to parts of the brain that control mood regulation, and put a child at risk for acquiring a bipolar condition or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

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Irritable mood is much more common in Major Depression than previously realized, and can occur without a miserable or depressed mood, although almost always accompanied with depressed thinking and cognitions. This is particularly so in adolescence and in the elderly. Early onset depression with psychotic features should alert the clinician to the risk of future bipolar disorder. Not every episode of depression in a bipolar disorder may meet the full criteria for a major depression. However, the subject should have at least one episode of major depression and one episode of either hypomania or mania to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

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It is being increasingly recognised that bipolar disorder often has its onset in adolescence or early adulthood. First affective symptoms appear in early teenage, and even in preadolescence. There is a growing interest, with little consensus, in the affective and behavioural symptomatology in childhood and adolescence preceding the first onset of a clearly diagnosable bipolar disorder. There is a significant time-lag between the onset of the illness and first treatment. This may put patients at risk of increased morbidity, including effects on personality, school, work and social functioning. There is growing evidence in the schizophrenia literature that this time-lag may predict a poorer response to treatment. Although there is no clear evidence of this in bipolar disorder, this issue should be borne in mind.

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Early onset is often defined as occurring before the age of 25. The younger the age of onset of bipolar disorder, the more likely it is to find a significant family history of the condition. Early onset bipolar disorder most commonly begins with depression and there may be many episodes of depression before the first hypomania. Depression with psychotic features may be a predictor of future full-blown bipolar disorder in the early onset group. Akiskal (1995) has argued that syndromal dysthymia with its onset in childhood, particularly in the presence of a family history of bipolar disorder, may herald a bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling, mixed states, and psychotic features are more common in early onset conditions. The presence of early onset substance abuse should raise one's suspicions about bipolar disorder. Early onset bipolar disorder is more commonly associated with response to Divalproex and a relative failure of response to Lithium not only because rapid cycling, mixed states and substance use are common in this group but also because adolescents and young adults are less tolerant to the side effects of Lithium.