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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

National Institute of Mental Health

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Web-Based

Course Abstract

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that describes the symptoms and treatments for bipolar disorder (BPD) in children and adolescents. All parents can relate to the many changes their children go through as they grow up. But sometimes it’s hard to tell if a child is just going through a “phase,” or showing signs of something more serious. In the last decade, the number of children receiving the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, sometimes, called manic-depressive illness, has grown substantially. But what does the diagnosis really mean for a child? This course discusses bipolar disorder in children and teens, including signs and symptoms, differences between child/adolescent and adult BPD, diagnostic types, medications for BPD (along with their individual cautions), and other therapies.

Closeout course #10-68 | 2012 | 24 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the essential signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder (BPD) in children and adolescents
2. Distinguish between child/adolescent and adult manifestations of symptoms in BPD
3. Distinguish among the four types of bipolar and related disorders diagnostic categories
4. List the major classifications of medications used to treat childhood/adolescent BPD
5. Identify cautions to be observed when using BPD medications to treat children and adolescents
CE INFORMATION

NBCC ACEP Approved ProviderNBCC Clock Hours: 1 | 
NBCC ACEP Number: 5590 | 

Professional Development Resources
 is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193) and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501). 

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This web-based course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

The difference between online and web-based courses is that web-based course documents were not created by us (they are published documents from external sources located in the public-domain for educational purposes). Please note page numbers in the abstract above as these documents are not generally formatted for printing.

About the Author(s)

National Institute of Mental Health. This publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from NIMH. NIMH encourages you to reproduce it and use it in your efforts to improve public health. Citation of the National Institute of Mental Health as a source is appreciated. However, using government materials inappropriately can raise legal or ethical concerns, so we ask you to use these guidelines: NIMH does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services, and their publications may not be used for advertising or endorsement purposes.

Disclosure:

Financial
: The document for this course was published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is in the public domain.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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