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Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do and Why

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    I agree with Caitin and Faedda paitent. Dr. Faedda quickly diagn

    I agree with Caitin and Faedda paitent. Dr. Faedda quickly diagnosed my son after one short meeting. At age 9, he put him on Lithium. He refused to investigate other causes of my son's behavior.  Each time we went to his office, Dr. Faedda increased the Lithium. After my son was in need of synthroid, I decided to titrate down and take him off the medicine. When I had my son evaluated by neuro psychologist who diagnosed by son with ADD and refuted Dr. Faedda's diagnosis. Dr. Faedda insisted the second diagnosis was incorrect. We decided to take my son of off lithium and he has been medicated for the ADD. He has not had any signs of bipolar disorder, and 2 pyschologists now concer that was an incorrect diagnosis. I believe Dr. Faedda hastily diagnosed by son to use him as a case study for this book.I would not buy the book, as with the other comments, I don't believe much of what Dr. Faedda writes. Dr. Austin was too worried about ruining her relationship with Dr. Faedda, even though she agreed that much of how he handled my son was done incorrectly.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Stick to what you know

    Dr. Gianni Faedda is not the person that Mrs. Austin should be focusing on, if she truly wishes to get her medical career soaring and respected at the same time as Dr. Austin. Unfortunately, there is nothing about this book that is useful. It is a vast chunk of garbage derived from a doctor who has been stuck within their own ways and their own specific thoughts for a very long time- and will discriminate however they need to in order to fit the mold. Dr. Austin still as the possibility for true clarity and healing in the medical world....if she discontinues working with inappropriate medical professionals, if they even deserve to be called that, like Dr. Faedda.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    doubful value

    I find it difficult to take anything Gianni Faedda says about the subject seriously, since, when I was briefly his patient, he incorrectly diagnosed me with bipolar disorder, a diagnosis which somehow never came up, after 15 years of psychiatry (1991-2005), until I entered his office. He prescribed lithium, which had no effect on me whatsoever. Furthermore, when I had a rather standard OCD repetitive motion attack during a session, to which I have been subject for many years, Faedda declared, in a phone conversation, that I was a malingerer and that he didn't believe me about a personal control issue I was having. He told me he didn't like me personally, and it was interfering with his treatment. Then he called my lawyer and caused me some trouble, when I had asked for his help, and after that I'd had enough of him, I no longer trusted him, I just fired him. And good riddance. There had been warning signs throughout--odd space control issues, where he would insist you take certain paths when you walked in his office, stuff like that. I should have paid more attention. <BR/><BR/>Frankly, from personal experience, he strikes me as a man with a hammer to whom everything looks like a nail. I wouldn't trust him with my mental health treatment, and haven't since. I certainly wouldn't trust him with my children's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007


    Drs. Austin and Faedda have gone a long way to demystify childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder and the challenges of proper diagnosis. Their chapter on Medication Choices is especially interesting and useful. It discusses the newest medications available for bipolar disorder and their possible side effects. Parents and educators will find the chapter on School Decisions to be realistic and they can benefit from the information and recommendations given on this difficult and emotional subject. The subject matter is presented in an orderly and friendly format. The reader feels that Drs. Faedda and Austin are sharing valuable information and not being preached or lectured to. The book's Web Site and Resource listings are current sources of referrals and information about childhood bipolar disorder and an excellent References section is included for bibliographic information on additional readings. Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do & Why has earned a well-deserved place on a private and public library shelf.

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