Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do and Why

Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do and Why

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by Gianni L. Faedda, Nancy B. Austin

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When your child or adolescent is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, what can you do to help him or her get better? Which therapeutic approach is best to help your child? In this book, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both specializing in mood disorders, offer a comprehensive overview of the available treatment options and most effective parenting strategies you can


When your child or adolescent is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, what can you do to help him or her get better? Which therapeutic approach is best to help your child? In this book, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both specializing in mood disorders, offer a comprehensive overview of the available treatment options and most effective parenting strategies you can use to deal with this condition.

In addition to finding a thorough explanation of the often necessary medical treatments for bipolar disorder, you'll learn the importance of emotion regulation for children with this condition. The book offers techniques for dealing with outbursts of rage, anger, and irritability in your child, as well as ways to handle sleep disorders, among the most common symptoms of childhood bipolar disorder. You'll also find information relevant to adolescents, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, as well as ways to integrate bipolar care with your own needs and those of the rest of your family.

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This is a superb book that all parents, educators, and clinicians should read. Not only do the authors provide an excellent overview of the pharmacological treatment of the disorder, but they offer trenchant case vignettes that go a long way to clarifying the various presentations of the illness from early childhood through adolescence. In addition, the book provides a useful toolkit for parents to better understand, empathize, and develop strategies to deal with the errant and often overwhelming behaviors these children manifest. We highly recommend this book.
—Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

This book is extraordinarily helpful in presenting a picture of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. The case illustrations present a very clear picture of the symptoms that define the disorder. The information on psychopharmacological treatment and psychological treatment are valuable resources for parents and professionals alike.
—Ira Glovinsky, Ph.D., director of the Childhood Mood Disorder Program at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Family in West Bloomfield, MI, and adjunct professor of psychology at Madonna University in Livonia, MI

Drs. Faedda and Austin have done a remarkable job of describing bipolar disorder in children. Their combined clinical experience lends richness to the practical suggestions they have for families in managing this difficult illness. Reading Parenting a Bipolar Child will bring relief to stressed and confused parents struggling for answers as they navigate the complex diagnostic and treatment pathway for youth with bipolar disorder.
—Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University and author of Raising a Moody Child

Library Journal
Formerly known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder (BPD) has become a headliner for pharmaceutical houses, psychiatric research and publications, and, now, books for the general public. But only in the last decade has the disorder been studied and treated extensively in the child and adolescent population, where it may account for as many as a third of those diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and half of all those diagnosed with depression. Well-informed parents, psychiatrists and pediatricians, and teachers and school administrators are indispensable to monitoring the disorder, hence the need for good books like these. The first author listed for each book, Demitri F. Papolos (psychiatry, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine, NY; codirector, Prog. in Behavioral Genetics) and Faedda, are New York psychiatrists; their coauthors, Janice Papolos and Austin, are a writer and a child psychologist, respectively. Somewhat more technical, The Bipolar Child includes a substantial chapter on genetics. Parenting a Bipolar Child primarily addresses families of patients and states correctly that psychotherapy is crucial to the success of overall treatment. These two books are highly recommended for general libraries and health collections, along with two more that are broader in scope: Dwight L. Evans and Linda Wasmer Andrews's If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder and and Glen R. Elliot's Medicating Young Minds. E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Nancy B. Austin, PsyD, a graduate of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology School/Child Program at Yeshiva University, has been a child psychologist in New York since 1988. She is also a psychoanalyst, with training from the Westchester Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP). Austin is currently the associate director of the Lucio Bini Mood Disorders Center of New York, which specializes in research, consultation, diagnosis, and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Gianni L. Faedda, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist with an extensive background in research and treatment of manic-depressive illness. Dr. Faedda trained at the Lucio Bini Center in Cagliari and Rome, then at Harvard's McLean Hospital. In 1991 he completed a Fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. From 1992 to 1995, he served as the Director of Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1992 he founded and still directs the Lucio Bini Mood Disorders Center of New York.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with Caitin and Faedda paitent. Dr. Faedda quickly diagnosed my son after one short meeting. At age 9, he put him on Lithium. He refused to investigate other causes of my son's behavior.  Each time we went to his office, Dr. Faedda increased the Lithium. After my son was in need of synthroid, I decided to titrate down and take him off the medicine. When I had my son evaluated by neuro psychologist who diagnosed by son with ADD and refuted Dr. Faedda's diagnosis. Dr. Faedda insisted the second diagnosis was incorrect. We decided to take my son of off lithium and he has been medicated for the ADD. He has not had any signs of bipolar disorder, and 2 pyschologists now concer that was an incorrect diagnosis. I believe Dr. Faedda hastily diagnosed by son to use him as a case study for this book.I would not buy the book, as with the other comments, I don't believe much of what Dr. Faedda writes. Dr. Austin was too worried about ruining her relationship with Dr. Faedda, even though she agreed that much of how he handled my son was done incorrectly.
caitin More than 1 year ago
Dr. Gianni Faedda is not the person that Mrs. Austin should be focusing on, if she truly wishes to get her medical career soaring and respected at the same time as Dr. Austin. Unfortunately, there is nothing about this book that is useful. It is a vast chunk of garbage derived from a doctor who has been stuck within their own ways and their own specific thoughts for a very long time- and will discriminate however they need to in order to fit the mold. Dr. Austin still as the possibility for true clarity and healing in the medical world....if she discontinues working with inappropriate medical professionals, if they even deserve to be called that, like Dr. Faedda.
FeaddaPatient More than 1 year ago
I find it difficult to take anything Gianni Faedda says about the subject seriously, since, when I was briefly his patient, he incorrectly diagnosed me with bipolar disorder, a diagnosis which somehow never came up, after 15 years of psychiatry (1991-2005), until I entered his office. He prescribed lithium, which had no effect on me whatsoever. Furthermore, when I had a rather standard OCD repetitive motion attack during a session, to which I have been subject for many years, Faedda declared, in a phone conversation, that I was a malingerer and that he didn't believe me about a personal control issue I was having. He told me he didn't like me personally, and it was interfering with his treatment. Then he called my lawyer and caused me some trouble, when I had asked for his help, and after that I'd had enough of him, I no longer trusted him, I just fired him. And good riddance. There had been warning signs throughout--odd space control issues, where he would insist you take certain paths when you walked in his office, stuff like that. I should have paid more attention.

Frankly, from personal experience, he strikes me as a man with a hammer to whom everything looks like a nail. I wouldn't trust him with my mental health treatment, and haven't since. I certainly wouldn't trust him with my children's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drs. Austin and Faedda have gone a long way to demystify childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder and the challenges of proper diagnosis. Their chapter on Medication Choices is especially interesting and useful. It discusses the newest medications available for bipolar disorder and their possible side effects. Parents and educators will find the chapter on School Decisions to be realistic and they can benefit from the information and recommendations given on this difficult and emotional subject. The subject matter is presented in an orderly and friendly format. The reader feels that Drs. Faedda and Austin are sharing valuable information and not being preached or lectured to. The book's Web Site and Resource listings are current sources of referrals and information about childhood bipolar disorder and an excellent References section is included for bibliographic information on additional readings. Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do & Why has earned a well-deserved place on a private and public library shelf.