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21. Understanding the Mind of Your
22. Survival Strategies for Parenting
23. The Bipolar Child: The Definitive
24. Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child
25. The Bipolar Handbook for Children,
26. New Hope for Children and Teens
27. Clinical Guide to Depression in
28. Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD,
29. Understanding Sensory Dysfunction:
30. Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to
31. The Everything Parent's Guide
32. 100 Questions & Answers About
33. If Your Adolescent Has Depression
34. Neurocognitive Correlates of Emotional
35. Living With Bipolar Disorder
36. Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A
37. Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A
38. The Real Bipolar Disorder Survival
39. Bipolar Disorder, Causes, Symptoms,
40. Bipolar Children: Cutting-Edge

21. Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child: The Complete Guide to the Development, Treatment, and Parenting of Children with Bipolar Disorder
by Gregory T. Lombardo
Paperback: 384 Pages (2008-03-04)
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Asin: B0044KN15I
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Help and hope for parents of children who suffer from this prevalent and puzzling disorder

Bipolar disorder has an impact not only on children’s mood and behavior but on the way they experience the world, and consequently on the way they think. The intensity with which a bipolar child perceives things can be the source of creativity and talent, but it can also be a source of confusion and disorganization. If parents can understand the effects of bipolar disorder on their child, they can help him or her to better navigate school, friendships, and family relationships.
Dr. Lombardo provides comprehensive information on:
Professional diagnosis
Developmental issues
Disorders that go hand-in-hand with bipolar, including ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder
Effective treatment – including psychotherapy and medication
Understanding the Mind of the Bipolar Child is essential reading for all parents who want to better understand their child and provide support every step of the way.

Gregory T. Lombardo, M.D., Ph.D., is board certified in adult psychiatry, as well as in child and adolescent psychiatry, and is a diplomate of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is highly trained and experienced in the treatment of children with bipolar disorder. His practice includes biological diagnosis, clinical psychopharmacology, and psychotherapeutic techniques. He also collaborates closely with psychologists and other therapists in the treatment on children with this disorder. Additionally, he has a background in teaching and writing literature at the college and secondary-school level.

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Customer Reviews (11)

2-0 out of 5 stars Book seems to just blame the mother for her child being Bipolar
I can't help but notice these reviews are from others in the field and not parents who live with these kids. While I found some of the info interesting much of it left me scratching my head or just down right angry and I'm only half way though the book! The author seems to want to blame everything on the parents, they let the child sleep in there bed to long (past age 3), the child never learned to accept the word "NO", oh! it must be the parents fault! They must just not have a back bone and are letting there child run the show and that if they would just be firm with there child everything would be peachy dory. Its garbage like this thats made it so hard for parents to get real help with our kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars exceptional work
This book helps both the parent of a bipolar child as well as the trained professional.It is an insight into the illness written in a way that is easy to follow, yet full of extremely valuable information.I have purchased many copies of this book in order to pass this information on to those parents I know who are struggling with their bipolar children.The idea of being a "good enough" parent has really helped me with my own daughter.I would highly recommend this book to anyone in search of information, or purely curiosity.It is an excellent read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read on this topic
I am a psychologist who works with bipolar adolescents and adults and I think this book is the best I have read on this topic.
This is a kind and gentle book that shows great understanding of the problems and strengths of the bipolar child. This is a wonderfully written book without jargon, which accurately describes the good, the hard and the complicated of being a child or raising a child with this disease.This book also deals with the secondary problems children face such as drug and alcohol use and other risk taking behaviors.
The author describes in detail how such children function from preschool through young adulthood. There is an important section of the difference between bipolar disorder and ADD.And, there are clear recommendations as to how to deal with the difficulties bipolar children have in ways that don't punish the child or the parent.
Actually, his suggestions are great for parents with children who are not bipolar.
What comes across is this is a caring book written by a caring doctor.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and just recently sat down to read the book cover to cover. Dr. Lombardo is a gifted teacher who presents ideas and concepts in such a fashion that the recommendations he gives to parents make sense.I especially was glad that he acknowledges that parents need to be good enough, not perfect.As Dr. Lombardo phrased it: "perfect is the enemy of good" (pg 62). I think this is very validating to parents of bipolar children who all too often get unspoken messages from others that defective parenting skills are the cause of the bipolar's child's behaviors.As if in a "hats off" to parents of bipolar children, Dr. Lombardo states:"It takes courage to acknowledge the presence of bipolar disorder, in ourselves and in our children....Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to do the right thing in the presence of fear" (pg 276).

5-0 out of 5 stars Suzanne C. Simon -- psychotherapist
I am a psychotherapist with some 20 years of experience, but I do not deal directly with children. I was drawn to this book in an effort to learn more about a field that is outside my own. I found it to be an amazing work. In the first place,itmakes a major contribution to the problems raised in understanding and parenting a bipolar child. It presents the very latest knowledge in the field,in clear and lucid language, beautifully organized and wholly understandable to the lay person. I found it particulary useful because it also deals with the positive aspects of this illness, such as the extraordinary sensitivity and creativity that many of these children manifest. Its coverage is complete, extending from infancy into adolescence.But beyond that, it successfully places those problems in the much broader context of human psychological and personality development in general. For example, the chapter dealing with saying "No" to young children contains a brilliant analysis applicable to all children or even,for that matter, to adults. At the end of the book there is a thorough discussion of the many different types of treatment available, together with a reference guide to the latest medications. I can recommend it without hesitation both to parents and professionals.Indeed, I will be recommending this book to those of my own patients who have problems with their children, even though they may not necessarily be diagnosed as bipolar. ... Read more

22. Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder: Innovative Parenting and Counseling Techniques for Helping Children with Bipolar Disorder and the Conditions that May Occur with It
by George T. Lynn
Paperback: 236 Pages (2000-01-03)
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Asin: 1853029211
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Up until five years ago, the professional community didnot think that Bipolar Disorder occurred in children. Children withsymptoms of Bipolar Disorder were diagnosed as 'severe ADHD','depressed' or 'Oppositional Defiant'. Now, as it is beingincreasingly diagnosed, George Lynn offers clear, practical advice onrecognizing the symptoms, understanding medication and accessing thenecessary support at school as well as the managing the day-to-daychallenges of parenting a child with Bipolar Disorder. As it isfrequently found in combination with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome andAsperger's Syndrome, the author draws on case-studies from his ownpsychotherapeutic practice to show what these conditions have incommon, how they differ, and how they relate to each other.

Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disordertackles the most difficult decisions parents can face, includingwhether to involve police or consider hospitalization if theirchildren are a danger to themselves and their families. At the sametime, it emphasizes the positive qualities these children often haveand illustrates how their gifts and abilities can build theirself-esteem and help them function better in society. However severethe child's symptoms, George Lynn's book will provide guidance,support and inspiration for parents and carers as well as being auseful resource for professionals working with the families who sufferas a result of this disorder. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Is it RAGE or a Meltdown?This book will help you know what to do
Great information given in a clear format.I found helpful descriptions of behavior and underlying motivations that made sense.Sharing this information with counselors and educators made a difference in how we all approached behavioral problems, and WOW what a difference in the kids.The text is written in an understandable and caring manner, allowing the reader to learn from a friend. I highly recommend this book for parents and professionals alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source!!
I was overwhelmed with the books available on bipolar disorder.This book, however, is easy to read and offers helpful information and strategies for coping with the symptoms of several mental health disorders.I highly recommend this book for counselors and parents of children with related disorders.

4-0 out of 5 stars Success Can Be Achieved
Everyone should read this book just for it's wonderful strategies and ideas.All parents can find something to take from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for parents of bp kids
The best book I've read on the subject. He has a great understanding of the subject and explains himself well. Applicable parenting ideas. Written with understanding and empathy. Covers biology as well as environmental influences. The other books he as written are helpful as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful For Parents
We found Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with BiPolar Disorder Clear, detailed, and helpful.It addresses our concerns honestly and offers helpful ways to approach the challenge of raising a child with bipolar disorder. ... Read more

23. The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder -- Third Edition
by Demitri Papolos Md, Janice Papolos
Kindle Edition: 496 Pages (2007-10-02)
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Asin: B000W969AY
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since it first appeared on bookshelves, The Bipolar Child has made an indelible mark on the field of psychiatry and has become the resource that families rely upon. Now, with more than 200,000 copies sold, the first book about early-onset bipolar disorder is completely revised and expanded.

Bipolar disorder—manic depression—was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering not only that bipolar disorder can begin early in life, but that it is much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed and mistreated with medications that can exacerbate the symptoms. 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 labeled with any of a number of psychiatric conditions: “ADHD,” “depression,” “oppositional defiant disorder,” “obsessive-compulsive disorder,” or “generalized anxiety disorder.” Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants—medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.
Since the publication of its first edition, The Bipolar Child has helped many thousands of families get to the root cause of their children’s behaviors and symptoms and find what they need to know. The Papoloses comprehensively detail the diagnosis, explain how to find good treatment and medications, and advise parents about ways to advocate effectively for their children in school. In this edition, a greatly expanded education chapter describes all the changes in educational law due to the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and offers a multitude of ideas for parents and educators to help the children feel more comfortable in the academic environment. The book also contains crucial information about hospitalization, the importance of neuropsychological testing (with a recommended battery of tests), and the world of insurance. Included in these pages is information on promising new drugs, greater insight into the special concerns of teenagers, and additional sections on the impact of the illness on the family. In addition, an entirely new chapter focuses on major advances taking place in the field of molecular genetics and offers hope that researchers will better understand the illness and develop more targeted and easier-to-tolerate medicines.
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. This book has already proved to be an invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as for the professionals who treat and educate them, and this new edition is sure to continue to light the way.Amazon.com Review
For any caregiver experiencing life with a bipolar child,Demitri and Janice Papolos's The Bipolar Child will be anindispensable reference guide. The material is presented clearly, withlots of helpful charts and lists to aid in receiving proper diagnosis,treatment, and long-term care. All medical information is relayed withthe aim of helping parents to ensure effective treatment for theirchildren and includes journal-tracking formats to help caregiversprovide accurate information to personal physicians. Importantly, manypages are devoted to discussions about the emotional upheavals thatliving with a bipolar child can bring, and how parents and childrencan cope most effectively. The book is filled with families' storiesthat do a beautiful job providing comfort and inspiration to others. Adetailed chapter on hospitalization covers everything from insuranceto types of treatments.The authors provide excellent informationregarding improved educational practices, with step-by-stepinstructions for goal-setting with your child and communicating yourchild's needs to school personnel. The Bipolar Child is asatisfying and wise read. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Utter trite.
I work conducting mental health assessments in a children's psychiatric hospital, and it is tragic that this book is being taken to heart by anyone.I have seen over a hundred children diagnosed, and when I reviewed their histories, only about 4 of them were actually diagnosed properly.Those that were diganosed improperly most often were those with developmental disorders, abused children with post traumatic stress syndrome, and children with major depressive disorder.

Bipolar disorder involves mania or hypomania.Moody, angry children are not bipolar. Neither is a temper tantrum diagnostic of this very serious disease.Mania always involves euphoric, positive self regard.Kids with a negative, "pissy" outlook at not bipolar.neither is a kid bipolar who is sleeping 8-9 hours per day. teenagers naturally shift mood quickly, it's part of their development.Their sleep schedule also shifts, to where they get sleepy later and wake up later.

Very creative?Poor handwriting?Who comes up with this nonsense?

Leave this book on the shelf, and contact a PhD psychologist for advice. This author had committed the psychiatric equivalent of the psychic cold-call routine.Is your child every very happy?Are they very angry?Well, aren't most of them?

5-0 out of 5 stars The answers I needed
This book finally gave us so many answers! It is reassuring to know that others are dealing with these problems and surviving! And it is nice to know what to expect .

5-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar child
Received book in very good condition - the information was extremely helpful.Quick shipping and reasonable shipping rate.Great shopping at Amazon!

5-0 out of 5 stars it was so helpfull to me
Book confirmed all that I saw in my child.It really made me feel that I am not alone.I thank the author greatly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book is a must have if you are new to the Bipolar diagnosis.You will not regret this purchase.It came highly recommended to me and I want to recommend it to you!! ... Read more

24. Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm
by Rosalie Greenberg
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-06-03)
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Asin: 0738211133
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Once considered an adult illness, bipolar disorder is one of the fastest growing categories in child psychiatry, touching the lives of an estimated one million children. But often it goes misdiagnosed, and kids can be prescribed medication that only worsens the condition. With her twenty-five years’ experience, child psychiatrist Rosalie Greenberg offers parents and professionals alike an innovative approach to help bipolar youngsters locate that elusive inner calm. Gathering stories from families on the front lines, she shows parents how best to navigate the peaks and valleys of the disorder, addresses family relationships, and guides parents in making meaningful choices about their child’s education and treatment options. A masterful book that recognizes the brilliance and creativity in bipolar kids, it will give hope that every child can, with the proper interventions, lead a full, productive life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
The product was sent to me in a timely fashion and arrived in excellent condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!!!
This book is amazing. It has helped so much in understanding what my son is experiencing. And because my partner is also Bipolar, it has helped me mediate between them when their cycles clash.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Resource!
I find myself going back to this book again and again.It's almost amazing to me that so many kids could be so alike in their fears and actions, but this book offers practical ways of getting out of the storm.It also is just so refreshing to have the voice of calm of the book, and be reminded life isn't always like this.It's a very thorough book covering all concerns for parents of bipolar kids.There are no easy answers, but it sure is nice to have this book to reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Kids- Insightful
Bipolar Kids is a wonderful book bringing the world of Dr. Greenberg's children to us. It gives the reader real insight on the thoughts and feelings of her children. Dr. Greenberg shares her expertise so eloquently and is obviously a master at her craft.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
A marvelous book.Written in a clear and concise manner, one that everyonecaneasily understand.Reassures worried parents that their children can be helped.Can turn your life around. ... Read more

25. The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers
by Wes Burgess
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-05-15)
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Asin: 158333307X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The most practical and current resource for children and teens affected by bipolar disorder.

A practicing psychiatrist specializing in bipolar disorder for nearly twenty years, Dr. Burgess has helped countless children and teens navigate the minefield of mania and depression and lead successful, happy lives. Drawing on the real questions asked by patients and parents and families of affected children, The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families tackles every area of the disorder: causes; medical treatment and psychotherapy; strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle; and preventing, coping with, and treating bipolar episodes. More than five hundred questions and answers address:

• how to choose the right doctor or specialist for your child;
• what treatment and medication protocols are best; and
• how to reduce stress to prevent manic and depressive episodes.

Special chapters on practical strategies for academic success, building healthy relationships, issues that specifically affect teens versus smaller children, and coping techniques for families and friends further explore the impact of the disorder on daily life. The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families also includes diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health, making this a versatile guide—perfect for both quick reference and in-depth study. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb book for parents
Just got this book today, and have finished already. Exceptionally clear, well-written, and very helpful. (BTW: I am an MD with a Master's in psychology.) If you have any question about whether your child may be bipolar, this book will help immensely. It covers treatments, medical and otherwise, and discusses behavioral approaches, selection of psychiatrists, everything you could want to know.
Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for parents of children with Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Burgess' book 'The Bipolar Handbook' is a wonderful resource. His new book 'The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families' is also a wonderful resource and a priceless help for parents of children with bipolar disorder.
The question and answer format is so easy to read and provides short, direct, and specific answers to specific questions. No long and drawn out chapters that confuse with involved medical explanations.
Dr. Burgess has my deep gratitude and appreciation for writing such a helpful and comforting book for families trying to raise a child with bipolar disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most helpful book on bipolar in teens
Thank goodness for Dr. Burgess! He's got another great book on bipolar disorder - this one focusing on kids and teens.I have a brother who has a bipolar teen and we've read all the books on manic depression. This one he acturlly read together with his son! She said that the book really does have answers to his and his son's questions about his pills and therapy. They spoke to his doctors and and they have a new plan for him based on Dr. Burgess's book.I think he's feeling better already! In addition to the medical and psychological explanations, this book has really practical solutions to Phil's problems with school and my brother's problems with his behavior. Phil told me it answered some questions he had about his friends and his girlfriend. Also it has therapy worksheets to help with his depression.

My brother understaqnds much more about what bipolar feels like now. What I like the most is that my brother's relationship with his son is getting better. He says its like having him back again, and I feel that way to. Whastever you do, pick up Dr. Burgess' book. We recommend it.

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26. New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions
by Boris Birmaher M.D., Boris Birmaher
Paperback: 368 Pages (2004-04-13)
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Asin: 0761527184
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic information
I am not the parent of a child with bipolar disorder, so I cannot comment on how useful this book is for parents trying to help a bipolar child.However, as a general reader, I found this book to have good basic information.It was easy to read, not at all too technical for the non medically trained person.In fact, I thought that at times the author could have gone into more detail on particular topics.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for easy to read, entry-level info on pediatric bipolar disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for parents
Dr. Birmaher has been treating kids and adolescents and doing research on pediatric bipolar disorder for many years, and speaks from both clinical experience and from research findings.Contains current info on treatment, and many tips for how parents can get the help their children need and reduce stress and increase flexibility.One of the best books available for parents on the topic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Your ticket of entry to best possible care
Professor Birmaher's book represents the latest in scientific understanding and clinical approaches for recognizing and responding to Bipolar Disorder in children and teens. A researcher of note, Professor Birmaher has been able to translate the most up-to-date research data into a supportive, simple and effective text for concerned parents and others wanting to take the best course of action. The inclusion of clear and detailed diagnostic advice, treatment and management strategies, and test instruments makes 'New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder' an accessible foundation text for both new and experienced clinicians working with young people. ... Read more

27. Clinical Guide to Depression in Children and Adolescents
by Mohammad Shafii
Hardcover: 320 Pages (1992-01)
list price: US$84.00 -- used & new: US$7.94
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Asin: 0880483563
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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It is estimated that 1-3 million children and adolescents in the United States alone suffer from depressive disorders. Frequently these disorders are comorbid with other psychiatric disorders. This volume integrates concisely yet comprehensively advances in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of depressive disorders and bipolar disorders in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Distinguished contributors combine their many years of clinical and research experience to document press in the study of this fast-evolving area. The book begins with a discussion of depression's clinical manifestations, including epidemiology, neurobiology, and chronobiology of seasonal mood disorders. A section on diagnostic assessment and treatment addresses standardizes approaches to assessment and such treatment modalities as dynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, cognitive therapy, the latest advances in pharmacological treatment and inpatient treatment. A concluding section examines bipolar disorderÂits clinical manifestations, natural history, genetics, and treatment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars grateful
Since diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I've read many books concerning this disease.This book was extremely helpful in getting me to understand my condition and it showed me a few preventive techniques that have worked. I am not cured, butIdo believe that this book has helped me in a waythat no other book has, and for that I am grateful. ... Read more

28. Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and More!: The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals
by Martin L. Kutscher MD
Kindle Edition: 224 Pages (2005-07-15)
list price: US$29.95
Asin: B0037CEJ78
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children—from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.

Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders—whether at home, at school, or in other settings—along with case vignettes and practical tips.

The author’s sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book.

As a special educator I appreciate the comprehensive connections made in this book. So many of our students have a "mix" of challenges and cannot be categorized in just one way. Very helpful analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book that makes sense of my child!
This is a book that I will treasure and that I will refer to time and time again in the future. My son has a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. He IS one of these kids in the syndrome mix. Children with Dravet syndrome have many similar "characteristics", syndromes.This book helps me, as a parent, begin to make sense of all of these different syndromes.However, the most important aspect of this book, for me, is the advice on how to modify/deal with these "weird" characteristics of my son, how to "parent" and "change" these behaviors, how to properly "react."Screaming, yelling, berating, do not work, this book gives advice on what will work.

I appreciate that this book is written in easy to understand language, especially when I am so overwhelmed by all the information bombarding me constantly as I seek to understand my child and his condition.

I highly recommend this book to any parent of a special needs child, and then I would strongly recommend that those in the school system who work with this child also read this great little book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A most helpful book for lost parents!
My daughter's therapist recommended this book after we had been through several diagnoses and medications-each drug only worsened the situation and made my daughter's behavior more unbearable. Our wonderful therapist held off on a diagnosis and medication until she had spent many hours with each of us and had me read this book. Plain and simple terms- easy to read- most helpful! Helps you understand that your child may indeed fall into several categories at once and not be easily diagnosable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Syndrome Kids
I highly recommend this book.I found it full of information on all subjects of mental illness. This book offered me an understanding of the many different types of mental illness.It is well written and easy to comprehend. It truly is a one stop guide. There is a great section on medication and treatment.I like how the authors explain the each illness and give advice. I keep it as a reference when I an trying to understand my childs behavior. He is truly in the syndrome mix.

5-0 out of 5 stars Parents' choice
The book gives the readers who are lay persons in psychology a very clear and easy approach to understand the various impairments that their children may have.I found it very useful and informative. ... Read more

29. Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder
by Liz McKendry Anderson, Polly Godwin Emmons
Paperback: 176 Pages (2005-05-15)
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Asin: 1843108062
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Understanding Sensory Dysfunction is a clear and comprehensive resource to identifying and addressing sensory dysfunction in children, using a range of practical strategies to help them reach their full potential at home, at school and in the community.
The authors explain the causes, contributing factors, symptoms and associated behaviors of sensory dysfunction, particularly when found in conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), ADHD and bipolar disorder. Focusing on early intervention, they provide a host of tried and tested integration activities, assessment and curricular modifications, treatment options and useful equipment and resources that ultimately aim to limit or prevent the interference of sensory dysfunction with successful learning, socialization and skills development.
This accessible and empowering book offers a unique approach to the condition and will help families, teachers and caregivers meet the particular needs of children with sensory dysfunction. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Organized
This book rambled, stumbled over itself, and was filled with grammatical errors. It was hard to determine where the authors were trying to go, and it seemed that once they got there, they offered little, if any, information that was actually useful. I learned perhaps two new things from this book, and they really aren't things that will help me to help my Aspergian son.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent resource...a "must have"
If you have a child with ADHD, an Autism spectrum disorder/Pervasive Development Disorder, or sensory integrative issues then this book will be an excellent read!! I love that it has entire chapters/sections devoted to the interaction between a specific disorder/diagnosis/cluster, and sensory response/reactions...the book is well-written, is readily understandable to lay-persons, yet it is as useful to therapists as many other books on the market...my son's therapist copied almost the entire book when she borrowed it from me!!!
In a nutshell, this book gives you certain behaviors that may manifest, gives ideas on how to resolve...yet is never preachy...love this book

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This book has important wisdom for parents and teachers. The authors write very compassionately and very professionally about the process of helping kids with a number of disorders that can interfere with learning. They are very helpful, and always respectful of the children whose learning patterns they are describing. This is a great book!! LO in New York

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice on dealing with your child's SI dysfunction
Authors Emmons and Anderson are both special education teachers, as well as moms of children with sensory integration difficulties, and it shows. Their insightful book offers excellent strategies for helping children with SI dysfunction, especially when it occurs concurrently with autism, Asperger's, ADHD or bi-polar disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book!
An easy to read comprehensive look at sensory dysfunction covering symptoms, definitions, diagnosis as well as assessments, curriculum strategies and modifications in the environment.A must have resource for parents, caregivers, educators and therapists. ... Read more

30. Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children & Adolescents
by Mitzi Waltz
Paperback: 442 Pages (2000-01-15)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$2.99
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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As many as a million children in the United States may havechildhood-onset bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists now recognize thatmanic depression has frequently been misdiagnosed as ADHD (oroppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or depression).According to recent data, 23 percent of children currently diagnosedwith ADHD will eventually be diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder. In Bipolar Disorders, author Mitzi Waltz covers the range of topics that parents need to understand in order to best helptheir children:

    Diagnostic criteria, including comparisons to common misdiagnoses Family life, including recognizing and preventing mood swings,safety, and support Medications, with special attention to the physiology and responsesof children and adolescents Various "talk therapies" that can be of use Other interventions, such as improving sleep patterns, preventingseasonal mood swings, diet, and supplements Insurance issues School, including special education system and 504 Plans or EIPs
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5-0 out of 5 stars An essential starting point...
After more than a year of fear, confusion, anger and spousal disagreements regarding our child's behaviors, my wife and I separated. Then we found out that our 14-year-old is almost certainly suffering from bipolar disorder, not just depression (the first diagnosis) or anxiety (the second.) Now, from houses 25 miles apart, we are beginning the journey toward appropriate medications, appropriate school placement, and understanding. I bought this book a month ago, and it took the whole month to read it. At 400 pages, it is nothing if not comprehensive. And it is scary as hell, but comforting as well. Mitzi Waltz is herself the parent of a bipolar teen, and she has a great gift for translating medical and psychological jargon into plain English. If you are in the same boat as we are, or if you have a young relative recently diagnosed with BP, buy this volume right now. Buy several. The price is great for what you get, and I suspect you will be referring to it continuously for years. It is not focused exclusively on teenage patients, either. Kids as young as eight have now been diagnosed with this miserable brain chemistry imbalance, which seems to be a life-long condition once it manifests. The book creates much-needed sympathy for BP victims, whose attitudes, actions and unpredictable moods can be infuriating and can turn parents against each other as both try different approaches to keeping their child safe and stable and successful. So far, our path has included two psychiatrists, four different medications, a four-day stay for the daughter in a juvenile mental health center, two school systems and now a home-bound program, and much heartbreak, frustration, sadness and screaming. Mitzi's book is the single best tool I've found to help myself cope.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource for Parents, Teachers and Doctors
Ms. Waltz has once again produced an excellent book that is clear and informative.In my practice of Psychiatry, I have found books like this are few and far between.I am using this book as a resource for all my Bipolar families.This book covers all topics related to Bipolar Disorderboth esoteric and day-to-day living issues.If you're a parent or a lovedone of a child (or adult)with Bipolar Disorder, read this.You will not gowrong.And after you're done, pass your copy onto your child's teacher ordoctor.It will help you all get together on the same page.It's criticalthat our kids get the help they need. This book will teach you how best toadvocate for your child.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent guide for parents
Mitzi understands the relationship between parents and children who suffer from early-onset bipolar disorder.Her book addresses numerous issues that parents face on a day to day basis.She provides resources, support, andsolutions.Truly an excellent book and one that all parents of childrenwith bipolar disorder should keep at their fingers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks for writing this book!
We found this book to be very helpful us to further understand our daughter's recent diagnosis as Bipolar.We found the information to be well presented, and easy to understand.The section on schools was veryinformative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks for writing this book!
We found this book to be very helpful us to further understand our daughter's recent diagnosis as Bipolar.We found the information to be well presented, and easy to understand.The section on schools was veryinformative. ... Read more

31. The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Bipolar Disorder: Professional, Reassuring Advice to Help You Understand and Cope (Everything: Parenting and Family)
by William Stillman, Jeffery Naser
Paperback: 304 Pages (2005-10-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.07
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Everything Parents Guide To Children with Bipolar Disorder
This book was very informative and helped with some of our questions and things we were concerned about in the future of bipolar disease. ... Read more

32. 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child's Depression or Bipolar Disorder
by Linda Chokroverty
Paperback: 216 Pages (2009-06-05)
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Over 2 million children of all ages suffer from depression; ranging from mild and chronic to significant impairment which can present a huge challenge to parents and other loved ones. 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child's Depression or Bipolar Disorder answers the most common questions posed by parents of kids with depression (or suspected depression). This title includes expert advice on highly controversial subjects including drug treatment of children and adolescents, suicide, and other issues of acute importance to parents. ... Read more

33. If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative)
by Dwight L. Evans M.D., Linda Wasmer Andrews
Paperback: 208 Pages (2005-08-11)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$1.00
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Asin: 0195182103
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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[SERIES COPY] The Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series addresses some of the major mental health issues facing teenagers today--eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and schizophrenia. Of the dozen or so books planned for the series, the first four, including the two presented here, focus on how parents and other adults, including teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, and even pediatricians, can help afflicted teens overcome the disrupting and often devastating challenges of these disorders. Each book is an authoritative guide that offers essential information such as how to go about getting a diagnosis, what the latest treatment options and prevention strategies are, how to help teens cope with mental illness at home and at school and, perhaps most importantly, what the warning signs and red flags are that parents and other adults should look out for in teenagers who may be at risk for these diseases. Combining the expertise of leading psychiatrists and psychologists with the experience of everyday people who have faced these disorders in their own children, the books are designed to help adults deal effectively with adolescent mental illness and to empower them to act immediately and wisely in getting teens the best available treatment possible. While coping with teenage moodiness can be difficult under any circumstances, it can be especially challenging if a teenager has a serious mood disorder. This concise, readable book is the definitive guide to understanding and getting effective help for adolescents with depression or bipolar disorder, designed for parents and other adults in contact with afflicted teens. It combines the most current scientific expertise available today--including the newest treatments and medications and the latest research findings on mood disorders--with no-nonsense, hands-on advice from parents who have faced these disorders in their own children. Among other topics, the book addresses the biochemical roots of adolescent mood disorders, the ongoing debate over psychiatric medications for young people, and practical strategies for helping a teen cope at home and at school. It concludes on a hopeful note, by reviewing the latest scientific evidence on methods of stopping mood disorders before they start or minimizing the risk of recurrence. A growing body of research now shows that early diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder may reduce the severity of these diseases, both now and in the future. Including red flags to look out for and warnings on the dangers of doing nothing, this book will provide the information and tools parents need to help adolescents achieve the best possible outcome. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Little Overview
I honestly think that there is such a vast difference between Depression and Bipolar Disorder, I think they should have just gone ahead and printed two separate books.

This book is well-written and easy to read, and short.It provides a quick overview of what these illnesses are, warning signs, an overview of treatments, and getting accommodations at school.

I liked the short stories from parents about real-life kids with these disorders, and I liked the one line tipes and summaries on every couple pages, offset in the margins.

I was rather shocked that in the short section on dietary supplements they only mention SAM-e and St. John's Wort without mentioning Omega-3 Fatty Acids which HAVE been proven to be of help. It was even mentioned as using as an adjunct with lithium.

There also wasn't any emphasis on "sleep hygiene" which is always touted as being so important to success.

It is far from a "Bible" of adolescent Depression or Bipolar Disorder, but as I said, it is a nice little overview.

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34. Neurocognitive Correlates of Emotional Stimulus Processing in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Review (Postgraduate Medicine)
by Heather Rosen, Brendan Rich
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-03)
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Abstract: Despite low prevalence rates in epidemiological studies, recent research suggests that bipolar disorder (BD) is being diagnosed at increasingly high rates in children and adolescents. To clarify the nosological boundaries of the disorder, studies of the clinical presentation of bipolar youth should be complemented with examinations of cognitive and neural functioning. More specifically, delineating the neurocognitive functioning of youth with BD when processing emotional stimuli may best elucidate how certain emotional contexts elicit symptoms that characterize pediatric BD. This information has the potential to clarify causes of pediatric BD, and to confirm the diagnosis of BD in youth. In this article, we discuss the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and neurological functioning of youth with BD when processing emotional stimuli. We focus on studies that have employed paradigms involving pictures and words with emotional valence, faces with emotional expressions, and responses to reward and punishment. The most consistent results on behavior are from studies involving facial stimuli, which find that youth with BD display a tendency to mislabel face emotions. Neurological data demonstrate that emotion-processing deficits in pediatric BD involve dysfunction within a distributed fronto-striatal-limbic network, including the dorsolateral and ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, striatum, and amygdala. These data may begin to clarify why BD youth present with poor social functioning and deficits in regulating their affect and behavior.
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35. Living With Bipolar Disorder
by James L. Benson
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-11-13)
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Welcome to the one book I hope will change your life in a positive way. What is this book about and who is it for? This book is for patients with bipolar disorder, people interested in learning more about this disorder and friends and family members of patients with bipolar disorder or manic depression.If you or someone you love has bipolar disorder (or suspect you might) this book may help change your life and help you find the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Of all the disorders that affect humankind, bipolar disorder is one of the most confusing and challenging to diagnose, treat and live with. ... Read more

36. Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Clinicians
by Robert L. Findling, Robert A Kowatch, Robert M. Post
Paperback: 176 Pages (2002-12)
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Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH. Pocket text presents current information and a practical approach to the art and science of providing clinical care to children and adolescents with the disorder. Topics include definition, developments, diagnosis, case and mechanisms, mood stabilizers, and strategies and tactics. Softcover. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent All Around Book About Bipolar Disorder in Children
This book was written by three experts in the field and it is practical and well written. The first five sections cover the diagnostic fine points of bipolar disoder in children and adolescents. There is a well written and interesting chapter on biological causes and mechansisms. The last six chapters cover treatment and are very timely and useful covering the use of the newer atypical antipsychotics and combination treatment.
This book is an excellent resource for clincians who treat children with bipolar disoders and parents who want to know more about the diagnosis and treatment of these complicated disoders. ... Read more

37. Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Global Perspective
Hardcover: 231 Pages (2007-02-28)
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Despite the fact that much evidence exists to prove that bipolar disorder effects a large amount of children, during the past century doctors have been very reluctant to diagnose bipolar disorder (BPD) before adulthood. In contemporary times, the bias against diagnosing bipolar disorder in youth has been perpetuated by the lack of agreed upon diagnostic criteria that accurately characterise the condition as it typically exists in childhood. As observed by a number of contributors to this volume, this bias extended to birth cohort studies around the world in that instruments designed to detect mania or bipolar disorder were almost never or rarely applied. In the US, the continued use of unmodified DSM-IV criteria to diagnose prepubertal-onset BPD has only recently been tempered by the knowledge that these criteria were developed based solely on observations in adult studies. While the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in childhood still remains the subject of some controversy, today, thankfully, the controversy has shifted from a debate about whether it can be diagnosed to how it is diagnosed.There is now a general consensus among clinicians and researchers all over the world that bipolar disorder does exist in youth and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality; however, the developmental continuity of prepubertal mania with adult bipolar disorder remains yet undetermined and we know very little and are still in great need to learn more about epidemiology, etiology, phenomenology, and treatment of this condition. This book aims to give the first glimpse of the current state of knowledge about paediatric bipolar disorder from around the world and provides an in-depth view of both the differences and the similarities in diagnosis, comorbidity, clinical and research concepts and treatment approaches of colleagues from different parts of the world as well as serves as a source for the historical development of child and adolescent psychiatry, and for the epidemiology of some frequently seen childhood disorders in various countries. ... Read more

38. The Real Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide - Bipolar Disorder Uncovered
by Gary Hansen
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-09-04)
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Then this may be the most important letter you'll ever read!

You are about to take an in-depth look at bipolar
disorder. It's all you need to know about bipolar disorder to help you or a loved one lead a normal life.

It doesn't matter if you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed or been struggling with bipolar disorder for years - This guide will tell you everything you need to know, without spending too much brainpower!

Forget about deciphering medical terms - when you're sick you want understandable answers now!

Do you live with or know someone suffering with bipolar disorder?If so, pay close attention!

There's finally an innovative new book created just for people like you!

And, if you really want to know the facts of bipolar disorder, this book is definitely for YOU!

This Isn't Like Any Other Medical Textbook
On Bipolar Disorder You Can Find In Any Store..

...On the internet, or even at your local library for that matter!

This book covers everything there is to know about bipolar disorder and it's comprehendible to the average person! In fact, some people have called it the "Bipolar Disorder Manual "!

It's like having your very own bipolar disorder expert that you can reference and ask questions anytime you need to!

You'll uncover a wide array of tips, including guidelines on how to deal with this disorder today!

I myself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago, but it wasn't easy when I first found out!I mean, information on this isn't easy to come by...Especially the kind of comprehensiveinformation I needed to understand my illness.To be quite honest with you, I got tired of looking and searching all over the place, so I decided to create this definitive book on bipolar disorder!

You're going to discover so many things on living and coping with bipolar disorder with little effort!Not only will you discover the difficulty of diagnosing bipolar, but you'll also learn extra bonus tips to actually help people.

This Is Just "A Little Taste" At What You'll
Discover WithBipolar Disorder Uncovered.


Discover how to determine your current costs.


Learn the cost of savings analysis.


Find out exactly how to get started on your biggest needs.


Discover how exactly to save big money with windows.


Learn how to start small for huge savings.


Discover the fireplace advantage.


Find out all the energy saving tips to develop.


Discover how to properly use your thermostat for your energy saving needs.


Learn exactly what energy star is and how to use it to your advantage.


Discover how to make the outside of your house energy efficient easily.


Learn all about alternative sources of fuel.


Discover how build your new home to meet your energy saving needs!


Learn all the little things you can do to save huge on your bottom line.


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39. Bipolar Disorder, Causes, Symptoms, Signs, Diagnosis and Treatments
by National Institute of Mental Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-10-27)
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Asin: B001JAGCIO
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A detailed booklet that describes Bipolar Disorder symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.This booklet is also for family,friends and others who want to better understand this disease.

In this Booklet You Will Learn Everything You Need to know About Bipolar Disorder.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Bipolar Disorder
What is bipolar disorder?
What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?
How does bipolar disorder affect someone over time?
What illnesses often co-exist with bipolar disorder?
What are the risk factors for bipolar disorder?
How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?
How is bipolar disorder treated?
What can people with bipolar disorder expect from treatment?
How can I help a friend or relative who has bipolar disorder?
Support for caregivers
How can I help myself if I have bipolar disorder?
Where can I go for help?
What if I or someone I know is in crisis?
For more information on bipolar disorder

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5-0 out of 5 stars finally a Bipolar Book not overpriced
Finally a bipolar book not overpriced, that told me what I need to know, and why, what, where, and how: bipolar disorder

5-0 out of 5 stars You Can't Get Any Better Information
This Book comes straight from the US Government.If you trust the US Government, this book will give you all the information you need about Bipolar Disorder that is current. ... Read more

40. Bipolar Children: Cutting-Edge Controversy, Insights, and Research
Kindle Edition: 176 Pages (2007-10-30)
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Over the last decade, the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has increased up to fortyfold. This is a trend exclusive to the United States, and one that, alarmingly, leads to most of the diagnosed children—some still in their infancy—being prescribed antipsychotic drugs, often in combination with anticonvulsants. These classes of drugs have dangerous side effects, including a doubling of mortality rates, shortened life span, extreme weight gain, and Type II diabetes. In this book, psychologist Sharna Olfman leads a team of widely known experts who examine that astonishing rise in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder, particularly in the absence of any compelling evidence for either the validity of the criteria being used to diagnose it or the safety and effectiveness of the drugs being used to treat it. When a child is unnecessarily prescribed antipsychotic and anticonvulsant drugs, his or her mental and physical health may be irrecoverably compromised, says Olfman. With as many as two-and-a-half million children from across the socioeconomic spectrum now taking antipsychotics, we have set the stage for widescale child abuse.

The contributors to this revealing and disturbing volume include psychiatrist David Healy, one of the world's leading authorities on psychotropic drugs; pediatrician Philip Landrigan, an internationally renowned health researcher; and Robert Whitaker, an award winning medical journalist. The contributors identify and explain complex and interrelated factors that have set the stage for the pediatric bipolar epidemic, and they recommend practice and policy changes to stem the tide of misdiagnosis and dangerous drug prescriptions.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Reality of bipolar disorder and children, too often diagnosed
Joel Nigg has a book on ADHD, What Causes ADHD? A similar thought can be considered with bipolar disorder. Most treat bipolar disorder, like it is some brain disorder that rises unbidden in those who have inherit it through genetics. However, there is much evidence that there are causes for both ADHD and bipolar disorder. Many times, depression, or ADHD, treated with medications, can lead to bipolar disorder. Kids today are bombarded with violence on television, movies and video games. The electronic age and fragmented family life has lead to much isolation for millionsof children. George Albee, Ph.D., who was a former president of the American Psychological Association pointed to such social stressors as causes of mental illness. He looked down upon prescribing medications for children for psychiatric or perceived psychiatric disorders. He felt, in fact, that children should never be prescribed these strong drugs.

Sharna Olfman's panel brings convincing evidence that millions of children are being needlessly prescribed strong medications, and that there is evidence that there is much misdiagnosis in the labeling of children with bipolar disorder. It isa book worth having in your library of giving as a gift for anyone whose child is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Parent and Educator's Guidebook

5-0 out of 5 stars Sick children, or a sick society?
The number of U.S. children diagnosed with bipolar disorder rose an astounding 4,000% in the past ten years.This startling fact drives home the urgency of this important new book edited by Sharna Olfman and bringing together some of the world's most distinguished experts in the field.

Each of the book's nine contributors offers a unique perspective on the issue, providing readers with a comprehensive view of a controversial and disturbing subject.

Among the most passionate voices are those of Dr. David Healy and Dr. Joanna Le Noury, who dissect the pharmaceutical industry's unscrupulous strategies to expand the psychiatric drug market, resulting in the unprecedented "tidal wave" of child drugging currently sweeping our nation.

Award-winning journalist Robert Whitaker writes a carefully documented chapter citing solid scientific evidence showing that the widespread practice of medicating young children with stimulants like Ritalin or antidepressants like Prozac has fueled an explosion of drug side effects including psychosis, mania and suicidal impulses.These drug reactions are then misinterpreted as symptoms of severe mental illness, resulting in a mis-diagnosis of bipolar disorder which leads to treatment with "mood stabilizers" often combined in drug cocktails including major tranquilizers like Risperdal or Seroquel.

We may be witnessing a drug-induced epidemic of mental and physical disabilities directly caused by the irresponsible and misguided medical mis-treatment of our nation's children.Psychology professor Daniel Burston looks at what is happeningand calls it "the chemical colonization of childhood."

Regardless of who or what we choose to blame for causing this catastrophe -- Big Pharma, bad parenting, overcrowded schools, environmental toxins, television violence, etc. -- one thing is certain: nothing will change until DOCTORS stop making the diagnoses and DOCTORS stop writing the prescriptions.What will it take to bring about such a change?

Perhaps we should begin focusing less on the children who are diagnosed, and more on the doctors who do the diagnosing.Lawrence Diller writes, "Only economic factors, the threat of legal action, or very negative publicity (e.g., children's deaths while taking antidepressants) have widespread influence on doctors' prescribing practices and treatment."

In the book's final chapter, epidemiologist Philip Landrigan sounds the alarm over the growing number of neurotoxic chemicals including mercury that are poisoning our environment.Landrigan writes, "It is striking that the mental health community has virtually ignored the health risks to children growing up in a world that is awash with thousands of synthetic chemicals, hundreds of which are already known to be poisonous to the brain."

How ironic, then, if our society's response to the harm caused by environmental toxins is to give our children drugs -- chemical substances that are toxic to growing bodies and vulnerable brains!

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