A Voice in the Dark

A Personal Story of Triumph Over Bipolar Mental Illness

From childhood, through adulthood and into the beginning of her older years, Patty traces for us how imagination and emotion led her to wholeness and integrity.  Patty's book​ is written for people who struggle with mental illness, their families and the therapy team.  With specific guidelines, she encourages a Jungian approach to mental illness.  Her meditations at the end of her book reveal her spiritual struggle and journey.


Author: Patty Sabatier
Printed by: CreateSpace, 2014
Format: Book, paperback, 218 pages

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 stabilizing 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 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
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
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
Mood Disorders

​Differential Diagnosis in Psychiatry

Mood disorders, or affective disorders, are discussed in this program filmed in the U.K., together with their symptoms and differential diagnoses. Classifications are based upon the course and severity of symptoms. The two main classifications of mood disorders—manic and depressive—are clearly defined and differentiated according to symptoms. The persistent mood disorders cyclothymia and dysthymia are discussed, along with medical causes of mood disorders, such as hypothalamic tumor. All symptoms are clearly illustrated in interviews with patients suffering from degrees of the various disorders.


Produced by: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1997
Format: DVD, 39 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

Raising a Moody Child
How to Cope with Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder

Every day can be an ordeal for families struggling with the difficult, moody, "impossible" behavior that may point to childhood depression or bipolar disorder. Effective help for kids does exist, but it often requires a customized combination of medication, therapy, coping skills, and support. From esteemed child treatment experts Dr. Mary Fristad and Dr. Jill Goldberg Arnold, this indispensable book describes how treatment works and what additional steps parents can take at home to help children with mood disorders--and the family as a whole--improve the quality of their lives. Explained are why symptoms look so different (and can be so much harder to manage) in children and teens than in adults, how to find the right doctor or therapist, and how to help kids develop their own "coping toolkits."

Bursting with practical tools, FAQs, and examples, the book covers everything from dealing with medical crises to resolving school problems, sibling conflicts, and marital stress. Contents include:
  1. Understanding Your Child`s Problems  
    • Difficult, Temperamental, Impossible: The Challenge of Raising a Moody Child 
    • What`s Wrong with My Child? 
    • Why My Child? 
    • The First Step in Getting Good Treatment Is Getting a Good Evaluation     
  2. Treatment
    • Getting the Big Picture
    • What Do Medications Offer?
    • What Should I Expect from Therapy?  
  3. III. Helping Your Child Cope
    • Ten Principles for Managing a Mood Disorder
    • Coping Skills for Moody Children 
    • Mood Disorders in the School Setting: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Cope 
    • Crisis Management  
  4. Helping Your Family Live with a Mood Disorder   
    • How Mood Disorders Affect Family Life
    • How Can You Help Siblings? 
    • How to Take Care of Yourself

Authors: Dr. Mary Fristad and Dr. Jill Goldberg Arnold
Publisher: The Guilford Press,2004
Format: Book, paperback, 246pages

The Bi-Polar 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 Bi-Polar 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
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