Most people are familiar with Postsecret, the long time art and social experiment where strangers send anonymous secrets on postcards to a guy named Frank. Today’s Health Advocates Writing Monthly Challenge is to create my own Postsecret here – not anonymous, obviously – and explain why. So, here it goes.
Is that hard to believe? I think in many cases, children diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder are diagnosed as such because there’s nothing else to diagnose them with. That’s why I feel this way. Don’t get me wrong – I do believe that some children do have “classic” Bipolar Disorder. I’ve met them. But there are just as many children that have some type of mood condition that have manic or hypomanic components, severe agitation, anxiety and rage, but aren’t necessarily Bipolar. I’m not alone in feeling this way. The American Psychiatric Association is working on the DSM-V, a new revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders right now, and part of the debate in revising it is whether there is another diagnosis that fits children that are currently diagnosed with (or suspected of having) Bipolar Disorder. The proposed new diagnosis is currently called Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysphoria, and is described this way: