The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder (Paperback)

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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 bip...

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    is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the codirector of the Program in Behavioral Genetics. 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 other books, all recognized as definitive in their fields, and is the editor of the highly respected 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 Web site at www.bipolarchild.com.
    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.

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    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9780767928601
    Genre PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
    Format Paperback
    Pages 474
    Publisher Date 2007-10-02 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Harmony Books
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.9 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder
    Edition Number 3
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Papolos, Demitri F., M.D.

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    • This Book really has given me peace

      I would recommend this book to anyone who either thinks that their child might be ADD, depressed or Bi-polar. This book has finally given me peace. My 7 year old daughter has been struggling with her behavior her whole life. If I had only been given this book when she was 2 or 3, our lives would be very different now. But it is not too late, this book is helping me to better understand my daughter and her behavior. To allow those hurt feelings to be healed. My family to start to mend, and most importantly, give me hope for her future. I say anyone who either thinks their child could be, or who already has the diagnosis's above, should read this book. It talks about a lot of misdiagnosing of children, and that they really should be treated for bipolar before going on ADD or anti depressants. Please read this book! Submitted by : Mother of 2 wonderful children.

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    • Very Informative

      This book is basically easy to read and gives solid information. I would recommend it for any parent who suspects their child might be bipolar.

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