In my opinion, children are being overdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. Kids, no matter the age they are, sex, or region that they live in, will sometimes lash out and turn irresponsive or very responsive. They may become irresponsible from time to time, have temper tantrums, and starting arguments. It is a natural behavior.
Humans were created imperfectly, everyone has their flaws, everyone has their opinions, and everyone makes mistakes. That causes arguments, debates, fights, but without it, life would be as boring as life living in a prison cell (no opinions, no options, no life). Children are just learning their place in life (socially, physically, mentally) and learning how to adapt to it, and how to live with certain problems they face and how to solve them.
Teens are often overdiagnosed with bipolar disorder from their hormones being out of control, starting fights with parents who are only protecting them with love, and being stressed out between school and peer pressure with friends, and a lot of the time even involving another teen they’re fighting with. This does not mean that there aren’t kids out there with bipolar disorder, there are still a handful of children in every class that actually have the problem.
It may be true that every child that is diagnosed actually is bipolar, but I think that everyone has their moments in life, were they just freak out, and need a break. Also, it could be another problem that their doctor has not more deeply looked into. The child could have ADD/ADHD, be suffering from depression, have dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome, language disorder, dyspraxia, or obsessive compulsive disorder.
There are many other things that could be happening to the children’s bodies that are interfering with their school, social life, and other every day things. Doctors could not want to go further diagnosing because it would be a waste of time to them since these children’s all have their temper tantrums and bad attitudes.
There is no way to do a one hundred percent diagnostic to children with bipolar disorder. All of the tests taken are mental, rather than physical (blood tests, etc..). Children do have problems too, like many adults, and they face these problems through their attitude. They could be living with a single parent, having problems with a bully at school or down the street, or having problems with school work. So before children are diagnosed, they should conclude the other possibilities.