Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Robin Shapiro, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on the treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.
Purpose: It provides information for clinicians, parents, and other individuals treating children with bipolar. The book is full of information in clearly designed and well organized chapters.
Audience: In addition to providing a book for clinicians working with children with bipolar disorder, the authors also intend this as a reference for parents and others involved in the treatment of children and adolescents with, or at risk for, the disorder. Given the level of discussion, it appears appropriate for psychiatrists, other physicians, and prescribing clinicians. This book can also be useful to other clinicians as well as others involved in the care of children with psychiatric illness, and parents with a substantial amount of background knowledge. The editors and contributors are highly regarded in the field.
Features: The first of the book's three main parts of the book addresses diagnosis, neuropharmacology, and treatment of bipolar disorder. The chapters in this section address the main psychopharmacological options, from mood stabilizers to atypical antipsychotics, as well as alternative medications and nonpharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. The second part discusses treatment of special populations. Part three covers topics such as side effects, medical issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome and metabolic abnormalities, and ethics of treatment. A fair number of useful charts provide data on drug outcome studies, dosing and monitoring, and various other information such as treatment flow charts. Each chapter ends with a list of references.
Assessment: This is a high quality, densely informative book on bipolar in children and adolescents. It is full of useful and resourceful information presented in a concise and easy to read manner. I strongly recommend this book to anyone involved in the treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"Dr. Barbara Geller and Dr. Melissa P. DelBello have edited a timely volume drawing on their expertise....Both of these women are respected leading clinical researchers who have edited an authoritative volume that examines the current status of medications and psychosocial therapy for children and adolescents diagnosed with bipolar disorder. These authors have highlighted the key questions and the controversy our field faces. They have brought together an outstanding group of leading experts who have reviewed and critiqued the most significant studies in child and adolescent psychiatry with regard to bipolar disorder....This book is an invaluable resource for clinicians and researchers who work with children and adolescents."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
"This book is recommended for advanced clinicians including pediatric physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and researchers, or anyone who provides treatment to the child and adolescent population....This book provides an overview of current research on bipolar disorder and its treatment for adolescents."--Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
From the Publisher
"The good news is that the knowledge base for treating bipolar disorder in youth has grown. The bad news: keeping up with the state of the science may be difficult. But the best news is the publication of this volume, which compiles the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about evidence-based treatments, as well as other relevant research. The contributors are key people who have been instrumental in the advances they describe. This is an important book for clinicians and researchers alike."--Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
"This exemplary book, full of rich, age-specific treatment information, is an amazing reflection of the growth in knowledge on treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. The editors are to be commended for the quality of the individual chapters, which are written by clinician-researchers who are the leaders in their respective areas and who present a very balanced view of the treatment of this complex disorder. The book highlights exciting advances in such areas as matching treatment to individuals and integrating psychopharmacological and psychosocial interventions. An invaluable resource for clinicians and researchers."--Graham Emslie, MD, Charles E. Seay and Sarah M. Seay Chair in Child Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
"This timely book reflects a range of recent developments in the field. Unique features include the discussions of metabolic considerations; recent advances in pharmacological treatments; and chapters on preschool presentation, early intervention, and ethics, which present important perspectives on complex issues. Readers will be pleasantly impressed with the progress and consensus charted in this book."--Eric Youngstrom, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Associate Director, Center of Excellence for Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"A comprehensive volume on a topic of great importance....Given the rate at which the wave of PBD diagnosis has been rising across the broad swath of clinical settings, the tools in this care package will be a welcome addition to the kit of practitioners from multiple disciplines. As the first book focused solely on the treatment of bipolar disorder in young people, Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents sets the bar high for future books on the topic, with wide inclusion of treatment types and broad readership appeal."--PsycCRITIQUES