The Adolescent Bipolar Service (ABS) is a specialist tertiary provision accepting referrals from across the United Kingdom. The multidisciplinary team works in collaboration with local services, providing second opinions for children and young people up to the age of 18 years, where there is uncertainty around a mood disorder because of complex presentations. Impacting factors may be due to attachment disorder, additional neurodevelopmental disorders, or special circumstances such as a forensic history and / or a looked after child or young person.
Detailed assessment includes developmental history, genogram and history of presenting issues using the structure of the Washington University in St. Louis Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (WASH-U-KSADS) and / or neurocognitive assessment, informing the need for pharmacological and psychological interventions.
Specialist consultation clinics are tailored around the needs of the child or young person, including face to face consultation with professionals, telephone consultation and / or video liaison. Therapeutic and educational advice is provided for young people, families and other multi-agency services such as the local authority.
Referrals are accepted from clinicians working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) supported by a consultant psychiatrist and / or clinical psychologist involved in the child or young person’s care, after a first line assessment has been completed. All referrals will be considered on a case by case basis determined by the needs and risks the young person is presenting with.