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By: Gina Pera

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 04:52:42 +0000

Yes, not only is it an extreme headline, John, but it's an outrageous one. "Very early diagnosis leads to girl's death." Who on earth do you think you are? Fox News? Without one iota of evidence, you blame this child's death on the psychiatrist, on the diagnosis, on the psychotropic medications, on Dr. Biederman, etc. That is just so disturbing. It is one thing to issue warnings in a general way about exercising cautions, but you were calling for this doctor's head on a platter. You should at least straighten out the record with the actual facts of the case, including that the four medications given (from all that I understand, to EXCESS, by the PARENTS), included two over-the-county cold/cough medications.

By: The Ongoing Child Bipolar Diagnosis Controversy - World of Psychology

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 20:33:03 +0000

[...] As we and others reported last month, a very early diagnosis of bipolar disorder was one of the probable factors that led to a young child’s death. I’m sorry, but unless it’s an extreme exception, adult diagnoses such as bipolar disorder are not recognized in children at 2 or even 3 years old. Children at such young ages are under active, constantly-changing development. There are no widely-accepted, legitimate diagnostic criteria for children generally under 12 for bipolar disorder. [...]