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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.