Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 300 Questions Parents Ask

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How does bipolar disorder affect learning? Is there a cure? Is this a fad diagnosis? How do I handle manipulation? How can I prevent relapses? Should I use alternative treatments? How can I parent effectively?

"We are certain that all parents whose children struggle with bipolar disorder will find this book indispensable."
- Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

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Overview

How does bipolar disorder affect learning? Is there a cure? Is this a fad diagnosis? How do I handle manipulation? How can I prevent relapses? Should I use alternative treatments? How can I parent effectively?

"We are certain that all parents whose children struggle with bipolar disorder will find this book indispensable."
- Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

Co-written by a doctor and a mother whose children live with bipolar disorder, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to all your pressing questions about treatment, parenting strategies, and everything else.

  • How is childhood bipolar disorder different from an adult onset?
  • What are the earliest symptoms?
  • Why is my child so irritable?
  • How young can these symptoms manifest?
  • Should all family members be evaluated for bipolar disorder?
  • Will my child lead a normal life?

Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book helps you understand and accept your child and develop a plan for success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402211775
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Answer Book Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 939,681
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Anglada is the founder and president of BPChildren and the mother of two children with bipolar disorder. She has authored several works on bipolar disorder in children.

Dr. Sheryl Hakala, who graduated from the University of South Florida, provides both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in private practice.

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Excerpt from Chapter 1: Understanding Childhood Bipolar Disorder

Q. What is childhood bipolar disorder?
A. Childhood bipolar disorder is a chronic illness that affects the most complex organ of the body: the brain. The impact of bipolar disorder on the brain is thought to include abnormal structures, abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers of the brain), abnormal cellular function, and abnormal metabolic function. Thoughts, memories, movements, moods, energy, behaviors, learning, and sensory processing are all based in the brain's amazing network of interconnected cells and neurons. It is not surprising, then, that when an illness impacts such a complex organ in multiple ways, it can have far-reaching consequences. Such is the case with bipolar disorder in children. There is little in their lives that is not touched by their illness.

Children with bipolar disorder are subject to extreme mood swings, ranging from the highs of mania to the depths of depression and despair. They suffer from extreme irritability, abrupt changes in energy levels, low tolerance for frustration, sudden changes in thinking, and odd or oppositional behaviors. Children with bipolar disorder also have some perceptual differences. Studies have shown that they incorrectly process facial expressions and may misinterpret social cues as a result. It is also common for executive functioning, sensory processing, attentional abilities, and cognitive functioning to be impaired. At the same time, these unique children may be gifted, articulate, engaging, artistic, poetic, and precocious for their age.

Bipolar disorder was once thought to be an "adult" illness, meaning that people thought it could not express itself in children. Studies are now showing that half of the patients who suffer from bipolar disorder had their onset before the age of eighteen. The misconception about its prevalence in childhood led to long delays in treatment that resulted in decades of suffering for those affected. The good news is that the illness is treatable. Identifying the symptoms early and providing treatment can give children who suffer from bipolar disorder a better quality of life.

Q. How does it differ from adult onset?
A. The onset of bipolar disorder can come at any age, but when it occurs during childhood, it presents some unusual difficulties that differ from its adult counterpart. Children are still growing and reaching developmental milestones. They are establishing their identity and discovering their place in the world. When bipolar disorder strikes during this time period, it interrupts this normal developmental process. They face difficulties unique to the pediatric population as they attend school and try to make social connections and to handle the already difficult transition to puberty. Their illness can turn all these steps into monumental tasks.

Children with bipolar disorder are generally more volatile in their mood swings than their adult-onset counterparts. Adults with bipolar disorder may spend weeks or months in one mood phase before switching to another; they also experience periods of wellness in between. However, children with bipolar disorder experience very few periods of wellness, and their moods swing rapidly between the extremes. The pediatric population is much more likely to experience chronic irritability than the "high" feelings of euphoria that accompany mania. Children spend more time in a "mixed" state, meaning that they are experiencing symptoms of both mania and depression at the same time. They are also more prone to experiencing a co-occurring condition, such as an anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, and so on.

Not unlike other illnesses that onset during youth, childhood bipolar disorder is considered more chronic and more ever-present than its adult counterpart. Some believe these differences constitute a completely different illness altogether. Hopefully, current ongoing research will clarify the degree of difference in the expression of the illness between adults and children.

Q. How is onset in late teens different?
A. No matter when the onset of bipolar disorder occurs, it can be devastating to the individual suffering the ill effects, but when the first symptoms of the disorder occur in late adolescence, they can differ somewhat from a younger childhood onset. The late-teen onset is more likely to mimic the adult onset characteristics of the disorder, including longer periods of time spent in one mood state before switching to another. The development of older teens may be less affected by the symptoms of the illness simply because they have already reached certain developmental milestones before the onset of symptoms.

At the same time, these teens may be overlooked and undiagnosed-the symptoms of their illness may be attributed to "teenage rebelliousness." If undiagnosed and untreated, this age group is at particular risk for abusing drugs, dropping out of school, and attempting suicide. Many parents may feel that these adolescents are simply struggling to get through the difficult teen years and may not even consider the possibility that the onset of an illness has occurred. Normal teenage events such as breaking up with a girlfriend, moving into a new apartment, starting a job, or going away to college may be blamed for an increase in mood symptoms. While these factors should not be dismissed, they also should not be used to excuse extreme behavior that may indicate bipolar disorder. Parents should know that these normal, stressful events can trigger an onset of the illness in those who are at risk for the development of the disorder. It should also be noted that drug use may unmask symptoms of the illness, while, conversely, symptoms of the illness may drive the teen to experiment with self-medication through drugs.

If you suspect your teenager may be suffering from bipolar disorder-even if you are not 100 percent sure-it is important to take him to a doctor for an evaluation. It could prevent your teen from getting into some serious trouble.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction

Chapter 1: Understanding Childhood Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 2: Spotting the Symptoms
Chapter 3: Evaluation and Diagnosis
Chapter 4: Working with Doctors
Chapter 5: Medication Trials and Tribulations
Chapter 6: Living with Meds
Chapter 7: Complementary and Alternative Treatment
Chapter 8: Pros and Cons of Alternative Treatments
Chapter 9: Learning and Development
Chapter 10: Your Child at School
Chapter 11: Hospitalization
Chapter 12: Intense Parenting
Chapter 13: Helping Your Child Find His Way
Chapter 14: Parental Emotions
Chapter 15: Teens and Difficult Behaviors
Chapter 16: The Path to Adulthood

Appendix A: Reading Lists
Appendix B: No-Suicide Action Plan Template
Appendix C: Action Plan Template
Appendix D: Crisis Plan Template
Appendix E: Self-Care Plan Template
Appendix F: Child's Action Plan Template

Glossary References Index About the Authors

Tracy Anglada is the founder and president of BPChildren and the mother of two children with bipolar disorder. She has authored several works on bipolar disorder in children.

Dr. Sheryl Hakala, who graduated from the University of South Florida, provides both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in private practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    It is ok

    I dont really know wht bipolar is but it sounded important.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    A Must have!

    If your child has Bipolar ( or you think they do) this is one of the most informative books I've read! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Good Info

    This book is good to help find some reasons for your child's problems. Gives good advice, and resourses to help

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