The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers

The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers

by Wes Burgess

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ISBN-13: 9781583333075
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Pages: 288
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


Introduction     ix
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
Index     269

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The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.