The current literature indicates children and adolescents with bipolar disorder and severe mood dysregulation find it more difficult to make decisions, recognize facial display of emotions, etc. (McClure, et. al, 2005; Rich, Grimley, Schmajuk, Blair, Blair, & Leibenluft, 2008; Kim, et. al, 2013). While treatment with this population is unclear (Miklowitz, et. al, 2013; Miklowitz, et. al, 2014), there is even less literature pertaining to treatment with d/Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children who have bipolar disorder. An additional challenge for DHH individuals with bipolar disorder is access to treatment (McClure, et. al, 2005; Rich, Grimley, Schmajuk, Blair, Blair, & Leibenluft, 2008; Kim, et. al, 2013). However, there is limited data suggesting that there are ways of delivering services that may best met the needs of this diverse and underserved population (Waxmonsky, et. al, 2013). Effective, evidence-based treatment regarding DHH children and adolescents with bipolar disorder needs further investigation. In recognizing the need for social-emotional support of DHH children with bipolar disorder, the following review of literature highlights the need for informed evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of DHH individuals with pediatric bipolar disorder.
Joharchi, H. A., Corbett, C. A., & Dadson, M. (2016). An Overview of Limited Literature on Diagnosis and Treatment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals With Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. JADARA, 50(3), 110-136. Retrieved from http://repository.wcsu.edu/jadara/vol50/iss3/2