Unveiling Bipolar Disorder in the Pediatric Population
The majority of adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience the onset of symptoms before the age of twenty. However, bipolar disorder in the pediatric population is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The resulting diagnostic delays have been linked with a strongly negative impact on normal behavioral and social development and lead to poor adult outcomes. This activity will provide participants with a better understanding of the prevalence, clinical manifestations, and differential diagnoses for bipolar disorder in children and adolescents and will analyze the common childhood presentations of individuals later diagnosed with bipolar disorder as adults. The expert presenter will also review lessons learned in her own experience treating pediatric patients with bipolar disorder to provide insight into the diagnostic and therapeutic processes that can effectively treat this disorder in affected individuals.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Behavioral Health.
There was no commercial support received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists who are interested in learning about pertinent topics in behavioral health, including current trends, concerns, data, and influencing factors surrounding mental health outcomes.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Provide an overview of bipolar disorder in the pediatric population, including its prevalence, incidence, and symptoms.
- Review the childhood presentations of individuals who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder as adults.
- Identify differential diagnoses for bipolar disorder in the pediatric population.
- Discuss the lessons by the presenter from her own experience in treating children and adolescents with bipolar disorder and the applicability of these lessons to the participants’ own practice.
Kathy Scott-Gurnell, MD, MS
Behavioral Medical Director
Elizabeth V. Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
LaRhonda Jones, MD
ECS-Senior Behavioral Medical Director – Central Region
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Behavioral Health. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program 1.00 CE hour.
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Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
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A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Attendance
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