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Understanding adolescent bipolar disorder (BD-A): when is a dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appropriate? Experiences from the USA and UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aditya SharmaORCiD, Professor Ann Le Couteur


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Youth with Adolescent onset Bipolar Disorder (BD-A) often have co-occuring mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition, Bipolar Disorder is associated with enduring psychosocial dysfunction. Some groups have reported an association of psychosocial dysfunction in Bipolar Disorder with neurocognitive and facial emotion labelling deficits but other groups have not replicated this finding. This session will focus on understanding the rates of social interaction and communication deficits in BD-A and what the potential clinical implications of these deficits are on assessment, management and psychosocial function in BD-A. In particular, it will report findings from US on the psychosocial deficits, UK epidemiology data for Paediatric Bipolar I Disorder and the speakers will facilitate a discussion on whether new insights can be gained to inform clinical academic practice? Dr Manpreet Singh will present clinical data from the Stanford Paediatric Bipolar Disorders Program on the rates of ASD diagnoses within cases of BD-A and also present data on Theory of Mind deficits seen in subjects at risk of developing Bipolar Disorders. Dr Aditya Sharma will report findings from the Regional North East of England Adolescent Bipolar Service and the UK Surveillance Study of the Incidence of Paediatric Bipolar I Disorder. He will then discuss the impact of a dual diagnosis of BD-A & ASD including modifications to psychoeducational approaches to interventions e.g. the Family Focussed Treatment for Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sharma A, Singh MK, LeCouteur AS

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 117

Print publication date: 01/06/2015

Online publication date: 29/05/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN: 1398-5647

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/bdi.12309