The most practical and current resource for children and teens affected by bipolar disorder.
A practicing psychiatrist specializing in bipolar disorder for nearly twenty years, Dr. Burgess has helped countless children and teens navigate the minefield of mania and depression and lead successful, happy lives. Drawing on the real questions asked by patients and parents and families of affected children, The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families tackles every area of the disorder: causes; medical treatment and psychotherapy; strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle; and preventing, coping with, and treating bipolar episodes. More than five hundred questions and answers address:
• how to choose the right doctor or specialist for your child;
• what treatment and medication protocols are best; and
• how to reduce stress to prevent manic and depressive episodes.
Special chapters on practical strategies for academic success, building healthy relationships, issues that specifically affect teens versus smaller children, and coping techniques for families and friends further explore the impact of the disorder on daily life. The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families also includes diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health, making this a versatile guide-perfect for both quick reference and in-depth study.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.73(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D., is a practicing psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. A featured commentator on NPR and network television and a former member of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, he has lectured worldwide, written for professional journals, and contributed to several books. He lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
What Is Bipolar Disorder in Children? 1
Make Sure Your Child Gets the Correct Diagnosis 14
How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Child 44
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Improve Your Child's Bipolar Disorder 58
Medical Treatment Can Help Your Bipolar Child 99
Psychotherapy Is Important for Your Child's Bipolar Disorder 146
Practical Strategies for Parenting Your Bipolar Child 167
Understand How Your Bipolar Child Thinks 189
Helping Your Bipolar Child Succeed in School 202
Teens Talk About Bipolar Disorder 210
Crisis Management for Your Child and Your Family 230
Resources: Using the Internet to Fight Bipolar Disorder 251
The American Psychiatric Association's Official Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar Disorder 265
The National Institute of Mental Health's Symptoms of Mania, General Depression, and Psychosis 267
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This wouldn't be my top choice of books on bipolar disorder in children and teens, but it does have a few pluses among the books I have read. First, it is a quick read and is organized into a question and answer format which makes skimming very easy. Secondly, I'm finding it very interesting to see how different doctors find different medications to be their "most effective". As I'm dealing with my child's doctor, this has been enlightening. Another thing I found very helpful was the section on how a healthy lifestyle can improve the disorder, specifically the parts about meditation and relaxation. Dr. Burgess includes some of his favorite tools in the book that can easily be copied and used at home.
This is the book that helped me to intelligently question my 7 year old's psychiatrist about the her anti-depressant therapy and get het onto a path that allowed us to keep her from being hospitalized. The first book that allowed me to see that she was very probably struggling with bipolar rather than generalized anxiety and simple aggression.