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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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!