Striking Increase of Bipolar Diagnosis in Youth, According To New Columbia-Led Study

In a study published in today’s Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers found a striking increase in the rates of bipolar diagnosis in children who visited outpatient clinics between 1994 and 2003.

Dr. Mark Olfson, professor of clinical psychiatry, at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and colleagues analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 visits from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Between 1994-1995 and 2002-2003, the number of outpatient visits by children and adolescents that included a bipolar diagnosis increased approximately forty-fold while the number of such visits by adults nearly doubled. More...

Posted on: Monday, September 3, 2007, 12:00 am