CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder"

From Crime & Consequences:

Part of the concern is that kids are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder when they don't have it and given drugs that don't do any good.  Trimming back on the rampantly overdiagnosed bipolar disorder would be a good thing overall.  The problem, as all of us involved in criminal law know from long experience, is that any new diagnosis that is plausibly related to misbehavior will be seized upon as an excuse, misdiagnosed in people who do not have it for the purpose of evading deserved punishment for voluntary acts.

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