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Parenting a Bipolar Child

Parenting a Bipolar Child
What to Do and Why




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ISBN: 9781572244238
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About the Book

When your child or adolescent is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, what can you do to help him or her get better? Which therapeutic approach is best to help your child? In this book, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both specializing in mood disorders, offer a comprehensive overview of the available treatment options and most effective parenting strategies you can use to deal with this condition.

In addition to finding a thorough explanation of the often necessary medical treatments for bipolar disorder, you'll learn the importance of emotion regulation for children with this condition. The book offers techniques for dealing with outbursts of rage, anger, and irritability in your child, as well as ways to handle sleep disorders, among the most common symptoms of childhood bipolar disorder. You'll also find information relevant to adolescents, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, as well as ways to integrate bipolar care with your own needs and those of the rest of your family.


Nancy Austin (Author)
Nancy B. Austin, PsyD, a graduate of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology School/Child Program at Yeshiva University, has been a child psychologist in New York since 1988. She is also a psychoanalyst, with training from the Westchester Center... Read more

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Gianni Faedda (Author)
Gianni L. Faedda, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist with an extensive background in research and treatment of manic-depressive illness. Dr. Faedda trained at the Lucio Bini Center in Cagliari and Rome, then at Harvard's McLean Hospital... Read more

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This is a superb book that all parents, educators, and clinicians should read. Not only do the authors provide an excellent overview of the pharmacological treatment of the disorder, but they offer trenchant case vignettes that go a long way to clarifying the various presentations of the illness from early childhood through adolescence. In addition, the book provides a useful toolkit for parents to better understand, empathize, and develop strategies to deal with the errant and often overwhelming behaviors these children manifest. We highly recommend this book.
-Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

This book is extraordinarily helpful in presenting a picture of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. The case illustrations present a very clear picture of the symptoms that define the disorder. The information on psychopharmacological treatment and psychological treatment are valuable resources for parents and professionals alike.
-Ira Glovinsky, Ph.D., director of the Childhood Mood Disorder Program at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Family in West Bloomfield, MI, and adjunct professor of psychology at Madonna University in Livonia, MI

Drs. Faedda and Austin have done a remarkable job of describing bipolar disorder in children. Their combined clinical experience lends richness to the practical suggestions they have for families in managing this difficult illness. Reading Parenting a Bipolar Child will bring relief to stressed and confused parents struggling for answers as they navigate the complex diagnostic and treatment pathway for youth with bipolar disorder.
-Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University and author of Raising a Moody Child

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