Our expert says:
A diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in a child of 6 would be highly controversial and far from broadly accepted by most specialists. Presumably an experienced child psychiatrist has been assessing him and has discussed this as a possible diagnosis ? As presumably his problems include behavioural ones, I hope a child psychologist is also involved in planning ways to best deal with that. THis must include skillful guidance for you, in helping your own stress and in how you can best and most usefully respond to his troublesome behaviours.
I just do not believe that behavioural problems should EVER be managed entirely by medication, and if, understandably, medication is not thought to be wise at this stage, behaviour modification by psychological means is what would not be needed.
Bad behaviour by a child ( or indeed an adult for that matter ) can always be improved, if nopt entirely brought under control, through psychological methods, and its not fair for various docs to simply tut-tut and debate the diagnosis without giving clear and practical guidance on how to deal with the immediate problems.
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