There's been a 40-fold increase in this disorder among children. Is it really more common or is it something else?
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Rebecca O’Bannon: If I try to control him, I’m going to get hurt because there is kicking, there is punching, there is a biting. Casey Taylor: Parenthood is more challenging for Rebecca O’Bannon then it is for most. Here son Ian has bipolar disorder. Ian was diagnosed at age six. Ian O’Bannon: Sometimes like right now a couple of kids in my school call me special and stupid because I’m special one so, it’s not fun. Casey Taylor: A diagnosis of bipolar in kids is more common than ever. One recent report reveals the diagnosis increase 40 fold among children and teens between 1994 and 2003. Gabriella Carlson: The fact is that it is growing up, so incredibly in the last 10 years. It is hard to believe all of those are true cases. Casey Taylor: Dr. Gabriella Carlson who was study this topic extensively, since one in every five children referred to her for bipolar disorder actually has it. Susan Resko who had the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation says the increase in crisis could mean there is just more awareness. Susan Resko: There are certainly also under diagnosis for those that don’t recognize it and there is misdiagnosis which means it may not end up being the classic bipolar but it’s something. Casey Taylor: Rebecca says the disorder is very real in her son; she worries about the future but still has goals. Rebecca O’Bannon: Well my hope for Ian is that he will be able to live as normal a life as possible. Casey Taylor: The battle I had will be difficult but his mom’s says, it’s one more fighting. This is Casey Taylor.