The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family

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If your teen has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder-or your child's moods seem out of control-Dr. David Miklowitz can help. The bestselling author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide has tailored his proven treatment approach to meet the specific needs of teens and their families. The Bipolar Teen provides tools you can use to make home life manageable again. You'll learn to spot the differences between normal teenage behavior and the telltale symptoms of mania and depression. Together with your child's ...
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Overview

If your teen has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder-or your child's moods seem out of control-Dr. David Miklowitz can help. The bestselling author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide has tailored his proven treatment approach to meet the specific needs of teens and their families. The Bipolar Teen provides tools you can use to make home life manageable again. You'll learn to spot the differences between normal teenage behavior and the telltale symptoms of mania and depression. Together with your child's doctors, you'll be able to strike a healthy balance between medication and psychotherapy, recognize and respond to the early warning signs of an oncoming episode, and collaborate effectively with school personnel. Like no other resource available, this powerful book delivers practical ways to manage chaos and relieve stress so everyone in your family-including siblings-can find stability, support, and peace of mind.

About the Author:
David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Boulder

About the Author:
Elizabeth L. George, PhD, is coinvestigator with Dr. Miklowitz on the Colorado Family Project

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a reference tool and instructional guide for families with bipolar teens. It provides the necessary knowledge for families on such topics as diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in an easy to read, easy to understand format. Most importantly, the book provides realistic expectations, not meaningless banter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide understanding, awareness, and a tremendous amount of knowledge for families of bipolar teens. The book emphasizes family-focused treatment as well as a combination of medication and psychotherapy. The authors advocate a combination of treatments to meet the needs of the bipolar teen. The book provides a realistic view of the disorder with the ups and downs associated with it, while highlighting the strengths of the teenager, which can provide needed optimism.
Audience: Families with bipolar children and adolescents will find comfort and substantial benefit from this book. Additionally, this is a worthwhile and important read for any child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychologist to integrate into their treatment plans. Both authors are experienced members of the field, and their latest work further supports their expertise.
Features: The highlight of the book is its no-nonsense approach to the disorder. It is realistically optimistic, unbiased, and supportive. Of the four solid chapters on understanding bipolar disorder, two, covering how to obtain an accurate diagnosis and what the family can expect, are essential reading. A frank discussion on psychopharmacology and psychotherapy helps guide and educate the family on available treatment options, but the most valuable chapters are the ones dealing with prevention and maintenance.
Assessment: This is the only book on adolescent bipolar disorder that truly offers realistic expectations, meaningful treatment options, and clearly provides families with invaluable knowledge on their child's illness. One of the best books of the year!
From the Publisher
"Parents grappling with questions about adolescent bipolar disorder will find all the key facts in this book: how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mania and depression, the best available treatments, and strategies for protecting family life. Written by leading authorities in the field, the book provides state-of-the-art information in a clear, supportive style. I would recommend this book highly to any family that is struggling to come to terms with this difficult disorder."—Sheri L. Johnson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami

"Miklowitz and George have prepared a book of exceptional sophistication, wisdom, and clinical sensitivity; one that will be useful to parents and clinicians alike. The book draws on the most current research about the assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder in adolescents, includes copies of ready-to-use scales and materials, and illustrates how these ideas and tools are woven into interventions that are both evidence based and supportive of the unique needs of each family. The discussion of how parents can work with schools to promote academic and social success is particularly valuable. We will be using this book with families in our training clinic, and I will recommend it enthusiastically to colleagues."—Eric Youngstrom, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Kudos to Drs. Miklowitz and George! This accessible and well-crafted guide distills 20 years of research experience to provide proven management tools to parents who face the daunting task of navigating the world of the bipolar teen."—Demitri Papolos, MD, coauthor of The Bipolar Child

"My family has walked in these shoes, and has emerged on the other side of adolescence. My child is now a happy, successful, self-sufficient young adult, thanks to the treatment approach on which this book is based. As both a parent and a professional, I will do anything I can to get this book into the hands of other families who are struggling with this illness. This is the first book on adolescent bipolar disorder that offers hope."—Kathy McBride, MS, Family Resource Specialist, Boulder Valley (Colorado) School District

"This book is filled with tips on handling—and yes, surviving—the 'perfect storm' that is adolescence with a bipolar teen. The authors have seen and heard it all! They share compassionate guidance on how parents can stay calm, keep everyone safe, and steer through the storm."—Martha Hellander, JD, Cofounder, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

"A treasure chest of comprehensive information, real-life stories, and practical suggestions for parenting your challenging teen supportively and effectively. This book is a wonderful resource that will improve everyday life for the whole family."—V.M., parent of a 15-year-old bipolar child

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Miklowitz draws on his extensive clinical and research background to create a thoughtful book written for the parent struggling with the journey of bipolar disorder....Filled with information...an engaging and informative tool. The authors consolidate information from many sources into an easy-to-understand narrative that introduces necessary medical jargon in a palatable way....An excellent resource for any caretaker of a child or adolescent facing bipolar disorder."—Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593853181
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 293,385
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Miklowitz, PhD, an award-winning researcher, is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine, and Senior Clinical Researcher at Oxford University. He also directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the UCLA Semel Institute. The author or editor of influential books for professionals on understanding and treating bipolar disorder, as well as the bestselling Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Dr. Miklowitz lives in Los Angeles.

 

Elizabeth L. George, PhD, is coinvestigator with Dr. Miklowitz on the Colorado Family Project and a psychologist with a private practice based in Boulder.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Teens
"What's Happening to My Teenager?"     3
A Close Look at the Symptoms     21
Getting an Accurate Diagnosis     43
Living with Bipolar Disorder: What Your Family Can Expect     79
Treating Adolescent Bipolar Disorder
"How Did My Teenager Get This Illness?"     109
Medications for Bipolar Disorder in Teens     125
How Psychotherapy Can Help Your Teenager and Your Family     150
Helping Your Teen Accept Ongoing Medication Treatment     172
Helping Your Teen Stay Well
Family Management and Coping     197
Tools and Tactics for Preventing Mood Episodes     215
What to Do When Mania Begins     237
How to Handle Depression     260
Dealing with Suicidal Thinking and Behavior     281
Tackling the School Environment     302
Resources     327
Bibliography     335
Index     349
About the Authors     356
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Awesome info in an easy read for overwhelmed parents!

    Lots of great information here for newly diagnosed teens and their families. It really helped me understand Bipolar and what my teen may be thinking and WHY he does the things he does.

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