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Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm
     

Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm

by Rosalie Greenberg
 

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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

Overview

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.

About the Author:
Rosalie Greenberg, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist. An assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, she maintains a private practice in Summit, New Jersey

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LifeCoachBuzz.com, 10/30/08
“Greenberg offers parents and professionals alike an innovative approach to help bipolar youngsters locate that elusive inner calm…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.”
 

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, May 2011
“A very readable book and is quite well written for a general audience. Greenberg provides many real-life cases to illustrate her topics and concepts. She also describes medical terms and medications in ways that nonphysicians can understand."

InfoDad.com
A thoughtful, comprehensive, and caring book, and even poetic at times.
Tampa Bay Tribune
[An] important work...an invaluable resource for parents, family practitioners, and teachers.
Publishers Weekly
A child psychiatrist with 25 years of clinical experience, Greenberg specializes in juvenile bipolar disorder, a condition that affects an estimated half million children in the U.S. Greenberg explains that bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed in children as such other disorders as ADHD or OCD; the "diagnostic morass" is further complicated by the fact that many bipolar kids also suffer from these very conditions or others such as autism or Asperger's syndrome. When bipolar disorder "rides sidesaddle" with other disorders, the wrong diagnosis can result. Fortunately, scientists are learning more about the disorder, and with this book in hand parents will also become more aware of the intricacies of this complex condition. Greenberg walks parents through a multitude of "hidden symptoms," including impulsivity, difficulty waking up, nightmares, anxiety, hypersexuality, carb cravings and sinus infections. Although in and of themselves these clues don't herald the condition, they are among the many fascinating links to pediatric bipolar disorder that Greenberg explores through current research and her own clinical experience. Along with examining the challenges, the author celebrates the bipolar child's creativity, sensitivity, and ability to "think outside the box." She also stresses the importance of listening to bipolar children, revealing that their self-observations can often be key in proper treatment. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, with its alternating highs and lows, is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental health illnesses in children and adolescents. It can be harder to diagnose in children than adults and can often be misdiagnosed. While many books and resources exist for bipolar disorder, fewer deal with pediatric bipolar disorder specifically, though this year has seen an increase in titles (e.g., Demitri Papolos and Janice Papolos's The Bipolar Child, 3d ed., and Gianni Faedda and Nancy Austin's Parenting a Bipolar Child). The authors of these books, both child psychiatrists, approach their topic differently. Greenberg assumes the first-person perspective and writes in a conversational style, sharing many stories from her practice, which makes the disorder seem less scary. She describes not only the experiences of her patients but also those of her patients' parents, as well as touches on medication, related illnesses, and therapy. Drawing on his experiences as both a child psychiatrist and a bipolar sufferer, Lombardo divides his work into three sections: "Diagnosis," "Development," and "Treatment." He addresses various age groups, from infants to late adolescents, and explores broader topics such as family relations. The two appendixes and the glossary do a good job of explaining potentially confusing topics, e.g., common medications taken by bipolar children. Bipolar Kids is recommended for public libraries. Understanding would be better suited for academic or health science libraries.-Leigh Mihlrad, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine Lib., Yeshiva Univ., Bronx, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738210803
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
02/26/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

[A] masterful book. . . [Dr. Greenberg] offers a way of understanding such children by 'listening to the words, not just the music." -- (Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, and Past-President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Mary A. Fristad
This book will be a lifesaver for families struggling with the difficulties inherent to the diagnosis of childhood onset bipolar disorder. (Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D., co-author of Raising A Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder)
Clarice J. Kestenbaum
[A] masterful book. . . [Dr. Greenberg] offers a way of understanding such children by 'listening to the words, not just the music. (Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, and Past-President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Meet the Author


Rosalie Greenberg, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist. An assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, she maintains a private practice in Summit, New Jersey.

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