Evaluating a child for bipolar disorder may occur over multiple sessions. Family involvement is critical and all additional information from school, medical doctors, etc. will assist in arriving at the appropriate diagnosis.
The professional(s) doing the workup will need to know how the child is doing in all spheres of his life. Are problems occurring only in the home, or are the mood swings, tantrums, etc. happening in all arenas?
The more information you’re able to provide, including reports cards, prior evaluations, and psychological testing that may have been done in the school, the greater the chances of getting an accurate diagnosis in a timely fashion.