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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rajitha Avva, BS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book addresses bipolar disorder in children, a diagnosis that has engendered much interest and controversy.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide an up-to-date understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis and natural history, neurology and genetics, and treatment. This is a much needed book because the topic and diagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder is controversial. The book clearly meets the authors' objectives and provides much understanding in the field.
Audience: This book is written for child and adolescent psychiatrists-researchers and practitioners alike. It is also useful for therapists treating children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Students, residents, and practitioners will benefit from this book, as well should psychologists. The authors are credible authorities in the field and have done extensive research in the realm of pediatric bipolar disorder.
Features: The book is divided into three sections. The first focuses on the diagnosis, history, and longitudinal course of prepubertal bipolar disorder. The second section focuses on the neurobiology and genetics of the disorder. The final section discusses treatment of children with bipolar disorder and discusses support services for affected families.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It provides information on the latest research and on diagnosing and treating prepubertal bipolar disorder in the practitioner's office. It is a necessary book for anyone treating this disorder.