Bipolar Child The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder

ISBN-10: 0767903161
ISBN-13: 9780767903165
Edition: 1999
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Description: From the authors of the classic text Overcoming Depression, here is the first book about early-onset bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder--manic depression--was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering that not only can  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 1/4/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

From the authors of the classic text Overcoming Depression, here is the first book about early-onset bipolar 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 than 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. The Bipolar Child demystifies this disorder of childhood. 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 the first Individual Education Plan--IEP--ever published 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. 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. An invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as the professionals who treat and educate them, this book will prove to have major public health significance.

Demitri Papolos, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the codirector of the Program in Behavioral Genetics. He is the medical advisor for Parents of Bipolar Children, an on-line support group, and the chair of the professional advisory board of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation. He is the director of research of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, and is in private practice in New York City and Westport, Connecticut. Janice Papolos is the author of three books, all recognized as definitive in their field, and is the editor of the highly respected The Bipolar Child Newsletter. The Papoloses are the authors of the classic text Overcoming Depression, now in its third edition. They live in Westport, Connecticut. Visit their website at www.bipolarchild.com .

Acknowledgments
Preface
Diagnosis and Treatment
Voices from the Front
The Diagnostic Dilemma
How to Find Good Treatment
Prescriptions for Treatment
Charting the Course of the Disorder
Inside the Brain and Mind
The Genetic Aspects of Bipolar Disorder
The Psychological Dimensions
What Causes This Condition?
Living and Coping with Bipolar Disorder
The Impact on the Family
School: A Child's World Beyond Home
Navigating the Shoals of Adolescence
When a Child Is Hospitalized
The Insurance Maze
Life Goes On
Agenda for the Future
The Bipolar Child Questionnaire
Resources
Bibliography
Index

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