Development and Psychopathology



Controlled study of switching from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to a prepubertal and early adolescent bipolar I disorder phenotype during 6-year prospective follow-up: Rate, risk, and predictors


REBECCA  TILLMAN  a1 and BARBARA  GELLER  a1 c1
a1 Washington University, St. Louis

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tillman r   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
geller b   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

Rate, risk, and predictors of switching from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to a prepubertal and early adolescent bipolar I disorder phenotype (PEA-BP-I) were examined in a blindly rated, controlled, prospective 6-year follow-up that included assessments at 2-year intervals. Subjects were outpatients obtained by consecutive new case ascertainment. There were 81 subjects who were 9.7 ± 2.0 years. Subjects had DSM-IV ADHD (hyperactive or combined subtypes); a Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) score of [less-than-or-equal]60, consistent with moderate–severe impairment; and no BP or major depressive disorder (MDD) diagnoses. PEA-BP-I was defined as DSM-IV BP I (manic or mixed phase), with cardinal symptoms (elation and/or grandiosity), to avoid diagnosing mania by symptoms that overlapped with those of ADHD, and by a CGAS score of [less-than-or-equal]60. Morbid risk of switching to PEA-BP-I was 28.5%. Significant predictors of switching in a multivariate Cox model were more severe baseline CGAS, paternal recurrent MDD, and less stimulant use. BP I in first-degree relatives, antidepressants, psychosocial measures, and life events were not predictive. a


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c1 Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Barbara Geller, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, St. Louis, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Box 8134, St. Louis, MO 63110-1093; E-mail: gellerb@beckermail.wustl.edu


Footnotes

a This work was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grants R01 MH-53063 and R01 MH-57451 (to B.G.).