Psychiatry professor to discuss mania in children at Schubert Center event

The Schubert Center for Child Studies’ 2011-12 Conversation Series, “Child Well-Being in Challenging Times,” continues Feb. 14 with “The Blind Men and the Elephant? Lessons Learned from the Longitudinal Assessment of Manic Symptoms (LAMS) Study.” The discussion, which will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations room 115, will be led by Robert Findling, MD, professor of psychiatry.

Elevated symptoms of mania (ESM) are increasingly prevalent among children seeking care for psychiatric distress. Characterized as marked extremes in mood accompanied by intense irritability, ESM is the hallmark feature of bipolar disorder, which is also being diagnosed in children at increasingly high rates. In the lecture, Findling will discuss the Longitudinal Assessment of Manic Symptoms (LAMS) study, which aims to delineate the relationship between ESM and bipolarity and develop a more accurate method for diagnosing bipolar spectrum disorders in children. Additionally, community respondents will discuss the policy and practice implications of this work.

Light snacks will be provided.

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