Bipolar disorder—manic depression—was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering not only that bipolar disorder can begin early in life, but that it is much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed and mistreated with medications that can exacerbate the symptoms. Why? Bipolar disorder manifests itself differently in children than in adults, and in children there is an overlap of symptoms with other childhood psychiatric disorders. As a result, these kids may be labeled with any of a number of psychiatric conditions: “ADHD,” “depression,” “oppositional defiant disorder,” “obsessive-compulsive disorder,” or “generalized anxiety disorder.” Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants—medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.
Since the publication of its first edition, The Bipolar Child has helped many thousands of families get to the root cause of their children’s behaviors and symptoms and find what they need to know. The Papoloses comprehensively detail the diagnosis, explain how to find good treatment and medications, and advise parents about ways to advocate effectively for their children in school. In this edition, a greatly expanded education chapter describes all the changes in educational law due to the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and offers a multitude of ideas for parents and educators to help the children feel more comfortable in the academic environment. The book also contains crucial information about hospitalization, the importance of neuropsychological testing (with a recommended battery of tests), and the world of insurance. Included in these pages is information on promising new drugs, greater insight into the special concerns of teenagers, and additional sections on the impact of the illness on the family. In addition, an entirely new chapter focuses on major advances taking place in the field of molecular genetics and offers hope that researchers will better understand the illness and develop more targeted and easier-to-tolerate medicines.
The Bipolar Child is rich with the voices of parents, siblings, and the children themselves, opening up the long-closed world of the families struggling with this condition. This book has already proved to be an invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as for the professionals who treat and educate them, and this new edition is sure to continue to light the way.
Inside, you’ll discover compassionate and informative methods to help manage the diagnosis and develop the natural strengths, gifts, and skills that every child has to offer. Written by a top expert in the field, this life-changing book is presented in clear, straightforward language that dispels the myths about bipolar disorder and offers real solutions. You’ll uncover keen insight and the latest options for helping your bipolar child or teen by understanding:
* The causes of bipolar disorder
* The path and outcome of bipolar disorder in children and teens
* The latest biological treatments and psychosocial therapies, and how to use them
* How to handle behavioral and academic problems, as well as assess and manage suicidal tendencies
* And much more
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Treating Adolescents is a comprehensive guide to adolescent mental health care, synthesizing evidence-based practice and practice-based perspectives to give providers the best advice available. By limiting the discussion to disorders which appear during adolescence, this useful manual can delve more deeply into each to present extensive evidence and practice-based rationales for approaching a range of psychopathologies. This edition has been revised to reflect the changes in the DSM-5 and the ICD-10, with entirely new chapters on ADHD, learning and executive function, bipolar and mood disorders, sleep disorders, and suicide and self-injury. Coverage includes non-therapy interventions, such as pharmacological and environmental. The discussion of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders includes adolescent presentations of Pervasive Developmental Disorders and their relationship to classical schizophrenia.
In a developmental approach to adolescent psychopathology, different treatments are carefully integrated and matched to pathogenic processes in an effort to disrupt causal loops. This book provides in-depth guidance for providers seeking well-rounded treatment plans, with detailed explanations and expert insight.Understand disruptive behaviors and ADHD more deeply Treat anxiety, depression, and mood disorders more effectively Handle psychiatric traumas and related psychopathologies Delve into substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, and more
Current scholarship favors developmental approaches to psychopathology and supports an emphasis on integrated treatment packages, including environmental, biologic, and psychological interventions. With full integration of practice and research, Treating Adolescents is a comprehensive reference for constructing a complete treatment strategy.
This book is an overview of the four groups of medicines most commonly used in child and adolescent psychiatry—for ADHD, depression and anxiety, psychosis, and mood disorders. It discusses not only the drugs but also how they work in the body, as well as the culture of today's medical practice. Kevin T. Kalikow offers measured advice on how to evaluate and treat young people with medicine and how to decide if medicine isn't the right course of action. It is essential reading for anyone who needs to wade through the complicated—and often contradictory—medical information about kids and drugs.
Winner--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award
According to the US Attorney General, “Mental disorders are characterized by abnormalities in cognition, emotion or mood, or the highest integrative aspects of behavior, such as social interactions or planning of future activities.” The process of diagnosing these disorders comes with a great deal of controversy. Before a diagnosis is accepted the practitioner must be able to explain how the behaviors differ from normal developmental behaviors.
In Hope’s case medical treatment would not be effective in reducing symptoms because her environment never changed. The sexual abuse never stopped and Hope was merely medicated into submission. Once the need for medications for such a young girl reached three the psychiatrist should have started asking other questions. However, since psychiatry categorizes the individual, once labeled, it stops questioning the diagnosis as being potentially ‘false’ and, thereby, confines treatment to the social standard of normal.