I've seen a lot in the general press about general mental health problems associated with premature infants and those that have some type of birth trauma - common conditions seems to be ADHD and some show increased rates of autism. I have a question. 1. For parents of kids with definitive BiPolar (BP) (actually meets DSM IV criteria) - were your kids born premature or quite ill at birth? Did you have family history? Have you been able to identify successful treatment for your child medically and seen stability for more than a month or two? 2. For families with a diagnosis of Mood Disorder/not otherwise specified or BiPolar (BP)/not otherwise specified (Not Otherwise Specified) - were your children born premature or quite ill at birth. Was there any family history of BiPolar (BP)? Have you been able to identify successful treatment for your child medically and seen stability for more than a month or two? I've never been able to find any sound statistics and clinical researchers I've spoken with tell me that they have not looked at this subject in great detail. It's something that just keeps nagging at me the last couple of years. Just about everyone I know with a child with a significant mood disorder or BiPolar (BP) falls into one of two buckets: 1. BiPolar (BP) that meets full DSM IV criteria - and has family history of BiPolar (BP) and/or birth trauma; disorder may be present from a very young age or develop as the child gets a little older. 2. BiPolar (BP)/not otherwise specified or Mood Disorder/not otherwise specified - this last bucket seems to be the hardest to find successful treatment. Children frequently have some type of birth trauma, and frequently there is no significant mental health disorders in the family, disorder present from a very young age. I sometimes wonder if this group is not harder to treat? No answers - which is why I keep looking. Thanks.