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THE DIAGNOSIS OF PEDIATRIC BIPOLAR

A mother comes in with 9-month-old girl. The infant is 68.5cm in length (25th percentile per CDC growth chart), weighs 6.75kg (5th percentile per CDC growth chart), and has a head circumference of 43cm (25th percentile per CDC growth chart).

Describe the developmental markers a nurse should assess for a 9-month-old female infant. Discuss the recommendations you would give the mother. Explain why these recommendations are based on evidence-based practice.

Some debate in the literature exists specific to whether or not bipolar disorder can be diagnosed in childhood. While some have anecdotally argued that it is not possible for children to develop bipolar disorder (as normal features of childhood confound the diagnosis), other sources argue that pediatric bipolar disorder is a fact.

In this Discussion, you engage in a debate as to whether pediatric bipolar disorder is possible to diagnose.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Evaluate diagnosis of pediatric bipolar depression disorder

· Analyze consequences to diagnosing/failing to diagnose pediatric bipolar depression disorder

To Prepare for the Discussion:

· The instructor will assign you a position for or against the issue of diagnosing pediatric bipolar depression disorder.

· Review the Learning Resources concerning the controversy over the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar depression disorder.

Write: “AGAINST” THE DIAGNOSIS OF PEDIATRIC BIPOLAR:

· Write “for” or “against” in the subject line of your Discussion post.

· Based on the position you were assigned, justify whether or not pediatric bipolar depression disorder should be diagnosed.

Support your position with evidence and examples.

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