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Pediatric bipolar major depression: Choosing treatment

David Axelson, MD
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David Brent, MD
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David Solomon, MD


Pediatric bipolar disorder often includes episodes of major depression. As an example, a four-year, prospective observational study of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder (n = 413) found that they were ill with major depression for 6 percent of the follow-up time, and ill with subsyndromal depressive symptoms for another 12 percent of the time [1].

This topic reviews choosing treatment for pediatric bipolar major depression. Other aspects pediatric bipolar disorder are discussed separately, including an overview of choosing treatment; general principles of using pharmacotherapy; the efficacy and core elements of adjunctive psychotherapy; assessment and diagnosis; and the epidemiology, clinical features, and course of illness:

(See "Pediatric bipolar disorder: Overview of choosing treatment".)

(See "Pediatric bipolar disorder and pharmacotherapy: General principles".)

(See "Pediatric bipolar disorder: Efficacy and core elements of adjunctive psychotherapy".)

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