Our expert says:
Diagnosing bipolar disorder in a kid of 14 is difficult, and even controversial in some quarters. But from your comments she does sound like a very disturbed young girl, and it's just as well that she's seeing a good child shrink locally for full assessment. At this age many kids with no other problems, are difficult, rude and surly, so part of the problems you're experiencing may be normal exaggerated by her experiences and her disorders.
Buit a diagnosis of bipolar disorder does need to be based on a specified range of symptoms, and definitely not only on rude behaviour ( which is almost universal among young teens ) DO indeed get a second opinion, and specifically from a child psychiatrist using modern international diagnostic criteria
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