The intrusion of FOH into the life of a child leads to a cascade of negative experiences. There is barely a shred of the child’s daily and long term goals and relationships that are not affected. In response, the child develops maladaptive behaviors and associations as he/she tries to cope and navigate through this difficult world. The longer this goes on, the more the cement of avoidance and self-destruction hardens.
There are few conditions for which early intervention is more urgent.
Several symptoms of FOH (sleep disturbances, difficulties with concentration, aggression) appear early in life and are often brought to the attention of a primary care doctor. While these symptoms do not necessarily mean that there is a mood disorder…they could. Now that there is research which supports the fact that they might be representative of a single syndrome, alerting pediatricians to this fact may greatly improve early identification.
The fact that very young children are able to tolerate and be helped by intranasal ketamine suggests that they may be able to avoid a lifetime of struggle.
A new JBRF-sponsored article was just published which will bring this syndrome to the attention of pediatricians and other pediatric practitioners. (click Fear of harm, a possible phenotype of pediatric bipolar disorder: A dimensional approach to diagnosis for genotyping psychiatric syndromes to access the article) Continued dissemination of this information to the pediatric community is a pending priority for the Foundation.