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Childhood Bipolar? Parenting Advice

When you have a child with bipolar, parenting advice is never in short supply and is understandably not very welcome. However, in my practice, I spend far more time undiagnosing “the bipolar child” than I do diagnosing bipolar in children (see my previous post, "Childhood Bipolar or Something Else?"). The fact is that many children have a variety of challenges that share some characteristics with bipolar disorder, including anxiety, depression, and plain old frustration and anger. And while standard effective parenting techniques alone...
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Helping Loved One

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Son with Bipolar Disorder Not Getting Treatment

Maggie


My 21-year-old was diagnosed with Bipolar I after an extreme manic episode (he was hospitalized). It was a long and difficult few months (awful treatment, bouncing around to different doctors, etc.) during which his mania tapered down, and then turned into a deep black depression, which he is out of now.

No one can persuade him to take medication. Now that he's feeling normal again, he seems to think that he...
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Advocacy

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: How Should Parents Help Child with Serious Problems and Multiple Diagnoses and Meds?

Cathi


My friend's 9 year old has had severe behavioral problems and several alternating diagnoses. The Dr. has prescribed Focalin, Trileptal, Lamictal, and Seroquel. She has no concentration, violent outbursts, hallucinations, etc. She has been diagnosed, at present, with ADHD, Bipolar, ODD, and PDD. She will not do work at school; instead, she sits and picks at her skin. She has been violent and tried to choke other individuals....
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Helping Loved One

Bipolar Disorder: Blame the Illness, Not the Person

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a Stages of Emotional Responses chart that traces the emotional path people generally travel in coming to terms with their loved one's mental illness. I'm pretty much at the final stage, Stage III: Moving into Advocacy, but I'm still sort of stuck at Stage II: Learning to Cope, which is characterized by Anger/Guilt/Resentment, Recognition and Grief.

Yes, we've been living with bipolar disorder for about 12...
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Advocacy

College Campuses Experiencing More Mental Health Needs

In an article in The New York Times entitled "Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges," Trip Gabriel explores the increasing demand for mental health services on college campuses across the country.

The college years have always been vulnerable to mental health issues – partially due to the stresses of academic demands and the transition to living more independently and partially because late adolescence/early adulthood is the most common...
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