Bi-Polar Child

The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood`s Most Misunderstood Disorder

Bipolar disorder -- manic depression -- was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering that not only can bipolar disorder begin very early in life, but also that it is much more common that ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Why? Bipolar disorder manifests itself differently in children than in adults, and in children there is an overlap of symptoms with other childhood psychiatric disorders. As a result, these kids may be given any number of psychiatric labels: "ADHD," "Depressed," "Oppositional Defiant Disorder," "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," or "Separation Anxiety Disorder." Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants-medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.

Since the publication of the first edition, thousands of families have gotten to the root of their child's behaviors, and found the answers they were looking for in The BiPolar Child. Drawing upon recent advances in the fields of neuroscience and genetics, the Papoloses convey what is known and not known about the illness. They comprehensively detail the diagnosis, tell how to find good treatment and medications, and advise parents about ways to advocate effectively for their children at school. Included in these pages is an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a bipolar child.

The book also offers critical information about the stages of adolescence, hospitalization, the world of insurance, and the psychological impact the illness has on the child. New to this edition is information on promising new mood stablizing drugs and omega 3 fatty acids, more advice on getting appropriate school accommodations, and a full discussion about the complexities of family life when more than one family member has the illness. A critical new chapter deals with the deficits in the area of executive functions that have recently been identified as a common feature of bipolar disorder. This chapter walks parents through neuropsychological testing and—for the first time—recommends a specific battery of tests that should be administered to these children and adolescents.

The Bipolar Child is rich with the voices of parents, siblings, and the children themselves, opening up the long-closed world of the families struggling with this condition. Already proven, in its original edition to be an invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as the professionals who treat and educate them, this new edition is sure to continue to light the way.


Authors: Demitri Papolos, M.D., and Janice Papolos
Publisher: Broadway Books, 2002
Format: Book, hard cover, 419 pages
Bi-Polar Disorders

A Guide to Helping Children Adolescents

Bipolar disorders are illnesses characterized by severe mood swings, from the deepest suicidal depression to most elated "highs". They include bipolar disorder I (also known as manic depression), bipolar disorder II, cyclothymia, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) Some of the most famous artists, musicians, politicians, and writers of our time have been bipolar... and, sadly, so have been a disproportionate number of the inmates in our juvenile facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and prisons.
As many as a million children in the US alone have childhood-onset bipolar disorder. When bipolar disorders emerge in youth, the ravages can be severe. Suicide is a common outcome, as are school failure, limited job prospects, legal difficulties, substance abuse, and expensive hospitalizations.

Until very recently, bipolar disorders were almost never diagnosed in children, and only rarely recognized in adolescents-but of the two million or more adults diagnosed with a bipolar disorder in the US, between 20 and 40 percent experienced the illness' onset in their teen years or before. Psychiatrists now recognize that manic depression has frequently been misdiagnosed as ADHD, with which it shares some symptoms. According to recent data published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 23 percent of the children currently diagnosed with ADHD will eventually be diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder, either as a solitary condition or in combination with ADHD.

This book brings together the latest information about diagnosing, treating, and coping with bipolar disorder as it occurs in children and youth. The symptoms and solutions can differ from those for adults, and parents of bipolar children are in dire need of this information. It's both medically accurate and supportive, liberally laced with quotes from other families who have been there.


Author: Mitzi Waltz
Publisher: O'Reilly and Associates, 2000
Format: Book, paperback, 388 pages
Bi-Polar Disorder: Shifting Mood Swings

Different from the routine ups and downs of life, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe—even to the point of being life-threatening. In this insightful program, patients speak from their own experience about the complexities of diagnosis and the very real danger of suicide, while family members and close friends address the strain of the condition`s cyclic behavior. In addition, Robert Hirschfeld, of The University of Texas Medical Branch; Karen Wagner, director of UTMB`s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and Joseph Calabrese, director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland, present new treatment options and medications for controlling bipolar disorder.


Produced by: Film for the Humanities, 2002
Format: VHS, 24 minutes, color
In Our Own Words: Teens with Bi-Polar Disorder

Facts About Bi-Polar Disorder

Several teens tell their compelling stories of self-discovery and functioning as bipolar individuals. The video provides an inside glimpse into the lives and emotions of these young people through revealing first-person accounts of awareness of their illness and how they manage it today. The result is poignant disclosure that delivers the experience of being bipolar teens “in their own words.” As the human face of bipolar disorder, these young people let their peers with this disorder know they are not alone and foster understanding among family members, caregivers, educators and mental health professionals who view the video.


Produced by: The Josselyn Center, 2001
Format: VHS, 30 minutes
New Hope

With proper diagnosis and early intervention, there is unlimited hope for children and teens diagnosed with bipolar disorder to lead fulfilling and enjoyable lives, starting today.

Inside, you`ll discover compassionate and informative methods to help manage the diagnosis and develop the natural strengths, gifts, and skills that every child has to offer. Written by a top expert in the field, this life-changing book is presented in clear, straightforward language that dispels the myths about bipolar disorder and offers real solutions.
 
You`ll uncover keen insight and the latest options for helping your bipolar child or teen by understanding:
 
  • The causes of bipolar disorder
  • The path and outcome of bipolar disorder in children and teens
  • The latest biological treatments and psychosocial therapies, and how to use them
  • How to handle behavioral and academic problems, as well as assess and manage suicidal tendencies
  • And much more


Author: Boris Birmaher, M.D.
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, 2004
Format: Book, paperback, 290 pages

The BiPolar Teen

What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family

If your teen has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder--or your child’s moods seem out of control--Dr. David Miklowitz can help. The bestselling author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide has tailored his proven treatment approach to meet the specific needs of teens and their families. The Bipolar Teen provides tools you can use to make home life manageable again. You’ll learn to spot the differences between normal teenage behavior and the telltale symptoms of mania and depression.

Together with your child’s doctors, you’ll be able to strike a healthy balance between medication and psychotherapy, recognize and respond to the early warning signs of an oncoming episode, and collaborate effectively with school personnel. Like no other resource available, this powerful book delivers practical ways to manage chaos and relieve stress so everyone in your family--including siblings--can find stability, support, and peace of mind.


Authors: David J Miklowitz, PhD, and Elizabeth L George, PhD
Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2008
Format: Book, paperback, 356 pages
The BiPolar Disorder Survival Guide

What You and Your Family Need to Know
 
Thanks to sharper diagnosis and better medicine, the future is far brighter for people with bipolar disorder than was thought possible in past generations. But those struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness still have many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life. This comprehensive guide offers straight talk that can help people with bipolar disorder take charge of their illness and reclaim their lives. It is filled with practical self-assessment and self-management strategies from a compassionate professional who knows what works. The book helps individuals and family members come to terms with the diagnosis; recognize early warning signs of manic or depressive episodes; cope with triggers for mood swings; manage medication problems and family and work issues; and learn to collaborate effectively with doctors and therapists. Above all, it supplies proven tools to help readers reach toward achieving balance--without sacrificing their right to a rich and varied emotional life.


Author: David J Miklowitz, PhD
Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2002
Format: Book, paperback, 322
The BiPolar Workbook

Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings

Mood swings may be a part of your life, but the struggle to control them doesn’t have to dominate it. Together with the right course of medication, The Bipolar Workbook can put you back in control. Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco has assembled a versatile toolkit of proven self-help strategies designed to help you recognize the early warning signs of relapse, resist the seductive pull of manic episodes, and escape the paralysis of depression. Whether you’re new to the diagnosis (and not quite sure it fits) or want to enhance your current treatment, this simple program puts you in charge.
 
Easy-to-follow guidelines and worksheets help you identify problem areas and minimize their impact, including ways to:
  • Reduce the recurrence and severity of your symptoms.
  • Slow things down and get the sleep you need when mania strikes.
  • Keep motivated and avoid procrastination when you’re depressed.
  • Fine-tune medical treatments to maximize your gains.
  • Rein in emotional reactions.
  • Stay focused and achieve your goals.

Since every individual’s experience with bipolar disorder is unique, Dr. Basco encourages you to customize a plan that suits your needs. So take charge and make a better life.

Author: Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD
Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2006
Format: Book, paperback, 253 pages

 
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