Discussion 1-bipolar disorder

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Tami-li Negus Biology 1010 Discussion #1 This was an interesting article regarding the increasing number of children who are currently being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, I feel that from the information given, there needs to be more research and “good science” conducted to get more scientifically based answers to the question of when and how to diagnose children and whether or not they truly suffer from bipolar disorder. In the discussion question, there seemed to be several sources that provided information, but they were vague and I really didn’t see any that gave strong scientific research ties to it. It also discussed the involvement of the media in exaggerating the disorder. It seems that a lot of the support for research into the problem isn’t cited as being funded by scientific affiliations, but more like groups of concerned medical personnel and parents. The problem with disorders of a psychiatric nature is that they are diagnosed mostly by observing behaviors, not by testing a hypothesis using experimental measures.
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Unformatted text preview: They don’t have many reliable tools to use, no blood tests to perform or other ways of gathering clinical date. It seems that it would also be hard to reproduce the same results over and over again, which is also a sign of good scientific research and findings. They have used brain scans to try and diagnose this disorder, but they haven’t been able to find many instances of repeated patterns in their findings. It was stated the even among the ‘experts’ there isn’t consensus regarding what symptoms constitute a clear case of bipolar disorder. In the opinion of the one child psychologist cited in the article, she saw 30 children that had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but in her opinion only two showed true signs of the malady. The behaviors exhibited by the children could come from many different sources, including just the frustrations that come with normal childhood development....
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2010 for the course BIOLOGY 10 taught by Professor Bradshaw during the Spring '10 term at Utah Valley University.

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