Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
"This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and scientifically rigorous book on the topic of bipolar disorder in youth. It is the source for research findings related to the epidemiology, neurobiology, genetics, clinical characteristics, course, and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder. Any mental health professional who treats children with bipolar disorder should own a copy of this book."--Karen Dineen Wagner, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
"Geller and DelBello have done a great service to the field by pulling together into one compact volume the diversity of findings relevant to juvenile-onset bipolar disorder. The chapters, articulately written by noted experts in the field, provide state-of-the-art summaries of the research literature pertinent to differential diagnosis, comorbidity, risk and protective factors, longitudinal outcome, genetic and neurobiological vulnerabilities, and pharmacological and psychosocial treatments. Collectively, the chapters provide a balance between research findings, clinical observation, and therapeutic tools. This comprehensive volume is a 'must read' for clinicians who treat children with bipolar disorder and researchers planning new studies."--David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Read an Excerpt
Melissa P. DelBello, David Axelson, and Barbara Geller
1. Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents: Epidemiology and Suicidal Behavior
Peter M. Lewinsohn, John R. Seeley, and Daniel N. Klein
2. Phenomenology and Longitudinal Course of Children with a Prepubertal and Early Adolescent Bipolar Disorder Phenotype
Barbara Geller, James L. Craney, Kristine Bolhofner, Melissa P. DelBello, David Axelson, John Luby, Marlene Williams, Betsy Zimerman, Michael J. Nickelsburg, Jean A. Frazier, and Linda Beringer
3. Bipolar Disorder in Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Sandra DeJong and Jean A. Frazier
4. Bipolar Disorder and Comorbid Disorders: The Case for a Dimensional Nosology
Demitri F. Papolos
5. Offspring Studies in Child and Early Adolescent Bipolar Disorder
Kiki Chang and Hans Steiner
6. The Role of NMDA Receptor Hypofunction in Idiopathic Psychotic Disorders
Nuri B. Farber and John W. Newcomer
7. Neuroimaging in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Melissa P. DelBello and Robert A. Kowatch
8. Affective Neuroscience and the Pathophysiology of Bipolar Disorder
Robinder K. Bhangoo, Christen M. Deveney, and Ellen Leibenluft
9. The Immune System and Bipolar Affective Disorder
Ohel Soto and Tanya K. Murphy
10. Sleep and Other Biological Rhythms
11. The Genetics of Bipolar Disorder
Judith A. Badner
12. The Pharmacological Treatment of Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder
Neal D. Ryan
13. Psychotherapy for Children with Bipolar Disorder
Jill S. Goldberg-Arnold and Mary A. Fristad
14. Family Interventions for Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder
Mary A. Fristad and Jill S. Goldberg-Arnold
15. Internet Support for Parents of Children with Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder
Martha Hellander, Dory P. Sisson, and Mary A. Fristad