Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child: The Complete Guide to the Development, Treatment, and Parenting of Children with Bipolar Disorder

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Help and hope for parents of children who suffer from this prevalent and puzzling disorder

Bipolar disorder has an impact not only on children’s mood and behavior but on the way they experience the world, and consequently on the way they think. The intensity with which a bipolar child perceives things can be the source of creativity and talent, but it can also be a source of confusion and disorganization. If parents can understand the effects of bipolar disorder on their child, ...

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Overview

Help and hope for parents of children who suffer from this prevalent and puzzling disorder

Bipolar disorder has an impact not only on children’s mood and behavior but on the way they experience the world, and consequently on the way they think. The intensity with which a bipolar child perceives things can be the source of creativity and talent, but it can also be a source of confusion and disorganization. If parents can understand the effects of bipolar disorder on their child, they can help him or her to better navigate school, friendships, and family relationships.

Dr. Lombardo provides comprehensive information on:

Professional diagnosis

Developmental issues

Disorders that go hand-in-hand with bipolar, including ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder

Effective treatment – including psychotherapy and medication

Understanding the Mind of the Bipolar Child is essential reading for all parents who want to better understand their child and provide support every step of the way.

Gregory T. Lombardo, M.D., Ph.D., is board certified in adult psychiatry, as well as in child and adolescent psychiatry, and is a diplomate of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is highly trained and experienced in the treatment of children with bipolar disorder. His practice includes biological diagnosis, clinical psychopharmacology, and psychotherapeutic techniques. He also collaborates closely with psychologists and other therapists in the treatment on children with this disorder. Additionally, he has a background in teaching and writing literature at the college and secondary-school level.

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Editorial Reviews

Amy E. West
Childhood bipolar disorder is a devastating illness that affects emotional, social, and cognitive development. In recent years, increased attention devoted to the study of bipolar disorder in childhood has resulted in greater information regarding the cause, phenomenology, and treatment of the disorder. However, despite improved understanding and awareness, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children is still plagued by confusion and misunderstanding because of the complex and diverse presentations of the condition, difficulties in diagnosis, and overlap with other disorders. The aim of Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child is to provide a comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder in childhood, including diagnosis, developmental issues, common co-occurring disorders, and treatment options. What is most unique about this book, in comparison with others that discuss diagnostic issues and treatments, is that it focuses on considering bipolar disorder within a developmental framework, informed mostly by psychodynamic principles. The emphasis on development leaves the reader with a comprehensive and integrated notion of how symptoms of bipolar disorder interact dynamically with other personal characteristics and contextual variables of the child in affecting his or her developmental trajectory. The book is divided into 3 parts: 'Diagnosis,' 'Development,' and 'Treatment.'

Part I focuses on the complexities of diagnosing bipolar disorder in children. The author outlines clearly the types of symptoms that suggest a bipolar spectrum disorder and then discusses the different types of bipolar disorder. A strength of this section is the attention paid to the complications encountered when diagnosing bipolar disorder, including different sources of information, the varying spectrum of the disorder, the varying age at onset, and overlapping conditions. Part II, the longest and most involved section, undertakes a comprehensive exploration of bipolar disorder within the developmental context of the individual child. This section is organized into the developmental periods of infancy, toddlerhood, school age, preadolescence, early adolescence, adolescence, and late adolescence. For each stage, the important developmental milestones that are optimally achieved are discussed, as well as crucial transitions that the child must negotiate during each stage. The author impressively integrates information about normative development, individual differences, interpersonal relationships, and identity issues into a fluid and thoughtful account of the development of a bipolar spectrum illness over the course of childhood and adolescence. Concepts are illustrated using detailed case examples and formulations that help the reader integrate and consolidate the information presented.

Part II concludes with a detailed explanation of disorders that commonly accompany bipolar disorder and how the co-occurrence may affect development, prognosis, and treatment.

Part III discusses the various treatment options available to children with bipolar disorder and their families. Different kinds of providers are discussed, as well as the types of therapy 'individual, group, and family' that are used and how these therapies work to alleviate the suffering of children with bipolar disorder and their families. This book is highly recommended as an excellent resource for parents of patients and for health care professionals who work with children and families affected by bipolar disorder. In particular, the book will benefit those who want to understand the disorder's emergence within a comprehensive developmental framework. (May 1, 2007)
— The Psychiatric Times
Library Journal
Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, with its alternating highs and lows, is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental health illnesses in children and adolescents. It can be harder to diagnose in children than adults and can often be misdiagnosed. While many books and resources exist for bipolar disorder, fewer deal with pediatric bipolar disorder specifically, though this year has seen an increase in titles (e.g., Demitri Papolos and Janice Papolos's The Bipolar Child, 3d ed., and Gianni Faedda and Nancy Austin's Parenting a Bipolar Child). The authors of these books, both child psychiatrists, approach their topic differently. Greenberg assumes the first-person perspective and writes in a conversational style, sharing many stories from her practice, which makes the disorder seem less scary. She describes not only the experiences of her patients but also those of her patients' parents, as well as touches on medication, related illnesses, and therapy.

Drawing on his experiences as both a child psychiatrist and a bipolar sufferer, Lombardo divides his work into three sections: "Diagnosis," "Development," and "Treatment." He addresses various age groups, from infants to late adolescents, and explores broader topics such as family relations. The two appendixes and the glossary do a good job of explaining potentially confusing topics, e.g., common medications taken by bipolar children. Bipolar Kidsis recommended for public libraries. Understandingwould be better suited for academic or health science libraries.
—Leigh Mihlrad

From the Publisher
The Psychiatric Times review, reviewed by Amy E. West, PhD, May 1st, 2007

Childhood bipolar disorder is a devastating illness that affects emotional, social, and cognitive development. In recent years, increased attention devoted to the study of bipolar disorder in childhood has resulted in greater information regarding the cause, phenomenology, and treatment of the disorder. However, despite improved understanding and awareness, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children is still plagued by confusion and misunderstanding because of the complex and diverse presentations of the condition, difficulties in diagnosis, and overlap with other disorders.

The aim of Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child is to provide a comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder in childhood, including diagnosis, developmental issues, common co-occurring disorders, and treatment options. What is most unique about this book, in comparison with others that discuss diagnostic issues and treatments, is that it focuses on considering bipolar disorder within a developmental framework, informed mostly by psychodynamic principles. The emphasis on development leaves the reader with a comprehensive and integrated notion of how symptoms of bipolar disorder interact dynamically with other personal characteristics and contextual variables of the child in affecting his or her developmental trajectory.

The book is divided into 3 parts: "Diagnosis," "Development," and "Treatment." Part I focuses on the complexities of diagnosing bipolar disorder in children. The author outlines clearly the types of symptoms that suggest a bipolar spectrum disorder and then discusses the different types of bipolar disorder. A strength of this section is the attention paid to the complications encountered when diagnosing bipolar disorder, including different sources of information, the varying spectrum of the disorder, the varying age at onset, and overlapping conditions.

Part II, the longest and most involved section, undertakes a comprehensive exploration of bipolar disorder within the developmental context of the individual child. This section is organized into the developmental periods of infancy, toddlerhood, school age, preadolescence, early adolescence, adolescence, and late adolescence. For each stage, the important developmental milestones that are optimally achieved are discussed, as well as crucial transitions that the child must negotiate during each stage.

The author impressively integrates information about normative development, individual differences, interpersonal relationships, and identity issues into a fluid and thoughtful account of the development of a bipolar spectrum illness over the course of childhood and adolescence. Concepts are illustrated using detailed case examples and formulations that help the reader integrate and consolidate the information presented. Part II concludes with a detailed explanation of disorders that commonly accompany bipolar disorder and how the co-occurrence may affect development, prognosis, and treatment.

Part III discusses the various treatment options available to children with bipolar disorder and their families. Different kinds of providers are discussed, as well as the types of therapy (individual, group, and family) that are used and how these therapies work to alleviate the suffering of children with bipolar disorder and their families.

This book is highly recommended as an excellent resource for parents of patients and for health care professionals who work with children and families affected by bipolar disorder. In particular, the book will benefit those who want to understand the disorder's emergence within a comprehensive developmental framework.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312358907
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 801,518
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory T. Lombardo, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified pyschiatrist who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. He maintains a private practice and is an Associate Clinical Professor at St. Vincent's Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College.

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Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child

The Complete Guide to the Development, Treatment, and Parenting of Children with Bipolar Disorder
By Lombardo, Gregory T.

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2006 Lombardo, Gregory T.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312358891

Chapter One 
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
 
The following portraits will give you a vivid illustration of how differently bipolar disorder can appear in different children and at different ages. I will then go on to explain what connects these very different children to a single diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
 
Ralph, age eleven, was an excellent student and a creative, talented artist. He was also impulsive, overly excited in groups, often silly and goofy, and subject to sudden aggression. Ralph’s inappropriate behavior made him a target for teasing at school, while at home his difficulty in accepting limits was causing his relationship with his parents to deteriorate. His mother brought him to me primarily because he seemed depressed and had difficulty sleeping.
 
Jean was first seen at the age of twelve, because of complaints of depression. She cried frequently, had great difficulty sleeping, imagined herself dying, and had recently begun deliberately scratching herself superficially, enough to break the skin but not penetrate it. Jean also had periods of intense energy and high spirits during which she had unrealistically grandideas. When I saw her, her speech was rapid and her thinking was scattered. While her developmental history was largely normal, she had experienced great difficulty with the word no when she was a toddler and had an episode of depression as early as the fourth grade.
 
Klaus was a handsome, sweet, blond six-year-old who was brought to me because of severe tantrums, as well as oppositional and bizarre behavior. He was also highly activated—becoming hyperactive and silly—when he ate sugar. Klaus had been started on Ritalin at age five for what was thought to be ADHD, but when I first saw him he was frankly psychotic: hyperactive, silly, grimacing, and talking incessantly. He drew several pictures in rapid succession in a wild and scribbling style. He had cut up his clothes with scissors after a dream in which he found himself in a “paper world” where a paper tiger had bitten off his head. He told me he cut up his clothes while trying to cut up the tiger that was attacking him. His reaction to the stimulant (and to sugar) made clear to me that his hyperactivity and inattention were symptoms of early onset bipolar disorder.
 
Each of these children suffers from bipolar disorder, a psychiatric condition characterized by dramatic movements between two poles or extremes of mood. As you may already know, a child with bipolar disorder can go from periods of being overly high or irritable (hypomania) to periods of despair and hopelessness (depression) and back again—sometimes within the space of just a few minutes. These mood changes (oscillations) can be startling and confusing, both to the child and those around him. He may feel happy and content one minute, then suddenly plunge into deep despair or intense rage. He may ricochet between a sense of well-being and personal power and a sense of hopelessness and depression, between feelings of creativity and energy and feelings of frustration and inertia. A manic silliness or an explosive irritability can suddenly be replaced by an anxious withdrawal from the world.
 
Mood swings can be triggered by stress, monthly or daily hormonal cycles, seasonal changes, variations in blood sugar, or the ups and downs of life. Although mood swings affect all children to some extent, they can be disabling for a child with bipolar disorder. Once set in motion, these swings can develop a life of their own—they can build up a biological head of steam, a momentum that carries well beyond the original insult and cannot be quelled by typical parenting.
 
Bipolar disorder is also characterized by intensity: intense energy, activity, imagination, anxiety, anger, stubbornness, irritability, shyness, sensitivity, silliness, or restlessness. These two traits—oscillation and intensity—may be present very early in life, appear at a particular developmental stage, or occur in response to certain stressors.
 
Because of their intense energy, creativity, and perceptiveness, bipolar kids can be wonderfully engaging, inspiring joy and pride in you as a parent. But their intensity and changeability can also make them unpredictable, oppositional, and at times inconsolable. Tasks that are routine for other children—making friends, obeying rules, staying asleep at night, performing well at school, and feeling comfortable in the world—can be very difficult for them, and for you as a parent.
 
Some Basic Terms
 
attention deficit disorder (ADD). A condition in which a person has unusual difficulty staying focused on a subject or an activity. A person with ADD often loses track of what she is asked to do or where she has put things, or what she meant to do a moment ago.
 
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A person with ADHD has the same problems as a person with ADD but is also restless, impulsive, talkative, and in constant motion.
 
bipolar I. This is classic manic depression with episodes of both highly elevated and depressed mood. It must include at least one episode of full-blown mania (defined below) and usually more frequent depressions. Although manic episodes and depressions can be extremely disabling, this condition is also often characterized by unusual imagination, productivity, artistic talent, or inventiveness.
 
bipolar II. This is a less flagrant (although no less dangerous) condition. It consists of hypomanic episodes and recurrent depressions. The hypomanic episodes may be more irritable than elated and may appear as explosions of temper as well as an increase in activity. The hypomanic episodes may also be characterized by a driven pursuit of some goal, real or imaginary. Although bipolar II is not characterized by the extreme moods seen in bipolar I, it can disable a person’s ability to function personally or professionally, and it carries a significant risk for suicide.
 
bipolar III. This is a more recent term (not yet accepted by all psychiatrists), which refers to a person who appears to be normal or simply depressed but has a manic or hypomanic response to an antidepressant. In children it can include a child who appears to have ADHD but becomes manic, hypomanic, or depressed when treated with a stimulant.
 
depression. The central feature of depression is an inability to experience pleasure. It is usually accompanied by negative and self-critical or self-destructive thoughts. Depression can also cause crying; irritability; rage; anxiety; fatigue; and disturbances in sleep, appetite, thinking, and movement (usually a slowing but sometimes agitation).
 
grandiosity. Thinking or behavior that is based on a grossly exaggerated sense of one’s power, importance, intelligence, or ability to succeed.
 
hypomania. A state of arousal with some of the characteristics of mania but not to a degree that is necessarily disabling: increased energy, imagination, productivity, grandiosity, silliness or wittiness, pressured speech, increased motor activity, or irritability. People who are hypomanic may or may not have impaired judgment (if they do, it is less severe than with mania). Some bipolar I patients, when they are hypomanic, seem larger than life or infectiously amusing. Bipolar II patients when they are hypomanic can be frighteningly irritable or destructive.
 
mania. True mania is a disabling condition of arousal that usually requires hospitalization. It consists of rapid pressured speech, racing thoughts, extreme impulsivity (usually a form of pleasure seeking but sometimes an attempt to escape an irrational danger), hypersexuality, decreased sleep, increased energy, decreased appetite, grandiose thinking, hallucinations, and delusions. Mania is always accompanied by gross deficits in judgment.
 
oscillation. A movement up and down, as with the movement of a wave or a spring. One can talk of mood oscillations, hormonal oscillations, oscillations of blood sugar, or seasonal oscillations.
 
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
 
Bipolar disorder is an inherited condition, like hair color or intelligence. There are almost certainly several genes involved, and a child can inherit some from one parent and some from the other. Probably some bipolar patients have a different set of inherited genes than others. In some children I have seen, I don’t recognize the disorder in either parent, although there are traces of it in grandparents, uncles, aunts, or cousins. As with other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or emphysema, what is probably inherited is a biological vulnerability that appears more or less severely depending on the influence of environmental stress or biological risk factors.
 
The first sign of the disorder is often depression, unaccompanied by mood elevation, appearing before or during puberty. The depression may come about in response to a personal loss or a social setback (an environmental stress), or it can begin in response to a recreational or prescribed drug (a biological risk factor). In younger children, however, the disorder can appear in forms of increased arousal: severe temper tantrums, unusual anxiety, intense silliness, or an early sleep disturbance.
 
How Do I Know If My Child Is Bipolar?
 
A reliable diagnosis of bipolar disorder requires a thorough psychiatric evaluation, including an examination of the child, a description of current symptoms, history of symptoms, developmental history, and family history. Even then a diagnosis may be tentative, depending on a child’s course over time. There are, however, things you can look for.
 
Contrary to what many people think, bipolar disorder is not just another name for manic depression—although the concept arose from earlier understandings of manic depression, and bipolar disorder includes manic depression. What unites other forms of bipolar disorder with manic depression is the characteristic movements between depression and a state of arousal—irritability, silliness, anxiety, a driven or obsessive pursuit of a particular goal, hypersexuality, or other kinds of compulsive pleasure seeking. Like manic depression, other forms of bipolar disorder also can react unpredictably to some medications used for depression or ADHD. What separates these other forms of bipolar disorder from classic manic depression is the variety and subtlety with which the symptoms can appear.
 
Surprisingly, bipolar disorder isn’t a specific diagnosis: it is not, like other medical diagnoses, the result of a single underlying physical condition. Rather, it is a syndrome, a recognizable group of symptoms that can arise as a result of different underlying physical (in this case neurological) conditions. We know that the underlying biology of various patients must be different because bipolar patients with similar symptoms can react differently to the same medication. In fact, two people can react oppositely to the same medication.
 
Although our recognition of the disorder is based on a recognizable pattern of symptoms, there isn’t one particular disposition or behavioral pattern that immediately pinpoints this disorder. That’s because there can be a variety of symptoms in different combinations appearing at different ages. Nor is there yet any blood test or brain scan that confirms the disorder. The term bipolar can be applied to a large number of children, including some who appear to be normal and high functioning and others who are more seriously affected. An accurate assessment of a child ultimately rests on three sources of information: current symptoms, developmental history going back to infancy, and family history.
 
Although no single characteristic in the checklists below is by itself an absolute sign of bipolar disorder, a number of them occurring together with particular severity should serve as a red flag warning that a child may be disposed to developing bipolar disorder. Notice also that some of these indicators can be recognized only in retrospect. There is no way a parent could appreciate their significance at the time they first appear.
 
Current Symptoms
 
Current Symptoms
____ extreme anxiety
____ marked irritability
____ marked impulsivity
____ high level of activity
____ grandiosity
____ excessive talkativeness
____ rapid speech
____ racing or rapidly changing thoughts
____ auditory or visual hallucinations
____ intense oppositional behavior (trouble accepting the word no)
____ deliberate destructiveness
____ extreme silliness
____ shyness
____ separation anxiety
____ sensory hypersensitivity
____ florid imagination and prominent creativity
____ an early or prolonged sleep disturbance
____ vivid nightmares that include violence and death
____ frequent night terrors
____ movement between depression and an elevated mood
____ a prominent rebound reaction, or a sleep disturbance during treatment with any medication used for ADD or ADHD
____ a worsening of symptoms in response to treatment with an antidepressant
____ hypersexuality in the absence of sexual abuse
 
The symptoms that bring a child to psychiatric attention may be obvious, such as a depression or a manic episode, or they may be less definitive, such as a behavioral disturbance, an anxiety attack, hyperactivity at home or in school, or problems with peer relationships. It is also true that in toddlers and latency-age children (ages eight to twelve), symptoms of mania and depression often occur simultaneously. Even when there are no clear signs of mania or depression, severe irritability or anxiety can be a marker for the increased arousal typical of this disorder. It often takes an experienced clinician to recognize a significant pattern.
 
Copyright © 2006 by Gregory T. Lombardo, M.D., Ph.D. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Diagnosis
Understanding Bipolar Disorder     9
Difficulties with Diagnosis     21
Development
The Bipolar Infant: Trouble Settling In     31
The Bipolar Toddler: Learning to Accept No     44
The Bipolar Child's Effect on the Family     65
Going Out into the World: School, Separation Again, and Functioning in a Group     81
The Bipolar Child from Eight to Twelve: Entering the Peer Group, Mastering Aggression, and Developing Skills     99
Early Adolescence and the Middle School Years: Increasing Academic Demands, Cognitive Problems, and Hormonal Changes     112
Adolescence: Separation, Intimacy and Identity Formation, Adolescent Rebellion, and Consumption Disorders     129
Late Adolescence: College and Other Moratoriums     174
Diagnoses That May Accompany Bipolar Disorder     192
Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder     192
Oppositional Defiant Disorder     199
Conduct Disorder     212
Panic Disorder     217
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder     222
Social Anxiety Disorder     229
Borderline Personality Disorder     232
Narcissistic Personality Disorder     238
Dissociation and Bipolar Disorder     244
Treatment
Psychotherapy     251
Conclusion: Bipolar Disorder at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century     272
Common Medications: A Reference Guide     277
How to Fight Weight Gain in Children     334
Glossary     345
Index     349
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    I am a psychologist who works with bipolar children and adults and I think this book is the best I have read on this topic. This is a kind and gentle book that shows great understanding of the problems and strengths of the bipolar child. This is a wonderfully written book without jargon, which accurately describes the good, the hard and the complicated of being a child or raising a child with this disease. This book also deals with the secondary problems children face such as drug and alcohol use and other risk taking behaviors. The author describes in detail how such children function from preschool through young adulthood. There is an important section of the difference between bipolar disorder and ADD. And, there are clear recommendations as to how to deal with the difficulties bipolar children have in ways that don't punish the child or the parent. Actually, his suggestions are great for parents with children who are not bipolar. What comes across is this is a caring book written by a caring doctor.

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