When my grandson was having trouble, we started off with seeing a therapist. In turn, she referred us to a psychiatrist. There were tests that had to be done to rule-out certain possibilities such as lead poisoning, brain tumor, etc. At that point, the psychiatrist was not sure if he was schizophrenic or bipolar. After all the elimination and being a client for a couple years, he had a psychotic episode and this led to him being diagnosed with childhood bipolar disorder.
Hope this helped a little. If you have more questions, feel free to ask and good luck in your search for help with your granddaughter.
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