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5 Questions With Tracy Anglada and the Bipolar Bear (part 3)

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What makes you happy? This week we finish up our 5 Questions With Tracy Anglada and the Bipolar Bear (part 1), (part 2). Tracy is the author of ‘Brandon and the Bipolar Bear’ and has a total of five books to her credit. She finds happiness in helping parents with children living with mental disorders. Brandon and the Bipolar Bear has been nominated as a finalist for the Reader’s Choice Awards at

We can help make Tracy happy by voting once per day through March 8th: When she wins, she will experience true JOY. Please, show your support for this special book as it approaches 10 years of helping kids with bipolar disorder! Now I will let Tracy tell you about all her books.

(If you would like to be part of my “5 Questions” leave a comment or contact me via Facebook and we will set up an interview.)

I want to thank Tracy Anglada for her participation in the 5 Questions!

chato-b-stewartQuestion Five: Tell us a little about each of your 5 books.

Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder This story was originally written for my son to help him understand his illness and to bring him comfort and reassurance that he was not alone. The story follows Brandon as he experiences feelings and fears typical of children with Bipolar Disorder. A return visit to his psychiatrist results in a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and treatment plan to move forward toward wellness.

Brandon’s new stuffed bear is with him through this difficult journey. The bear is cried on, cuddled, thrown, broken, bandaged and ultimately becomes a reassuring symbol that Brandon will get the help he needs.

Turbo Max: A Story for Friends and Siblings of Children with Bipolar Disorder This story is told through the journal of a young boy whose sister has Bipolar Disorder. Rick is trying to win a Turbo Max remote control car but his plans are interrupted when his sister is hospitalized.

Later, Rick finds out his sister is hiding her medicine and must make some tough decisions that have difficult consequences. With the help of his sister’s doctor and a support group, Rick’s Summer helps him grow from confusion to understanding, from embarrassment to advocacy, from anger and guilt to acceptance.

Intense Minds: Through the Eyes of Young People with Bipolar Disorder For this book, I interviewed young people with Bipolar Disorder and adults who grew up with the condition. These ones share in vivid terminology how they experienced the symptoms of this illness during their youth, and how it affected their functioning in school, at home and with friends.

Their insightful comments form a stunning picture of the young person’s internal experience. While this book is frequently recommended for teens, it was originally written to help adults understand young people with Bipolar Disorder. It especially helps adults have more compassion and understanding.

The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 300 Questions Parents Ask I co-authored this book for parents with Dr. Sheryl Hakala. Having a parent/doctor team was an ideal way to truly present what parents need to know in jargon that is easily understood.

The book is presented in a straightforward question/answer format. Some of the questions included are: How does Bipolar Disorder affect learning? Is this a fad diagnosis? How do I handle manipulation? How can I prevent relapses? Should I use alternative treatments? and How can I parent effectively?

SWIVEL to Success – Bipolar Disorder in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Helping Students Succeed This is my most recent book. It was based on a teacher workshop developed by BPChildren to help educators understand and assist students with Bipolar Disorder. The book gives teachers a new perspective on children who suffer with Bipolar Disorder. It increases understanding, empathy and gives practical scenarios of ways to implement helpful accommodations.

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5 Questions With Tracy Anglada and the Bipolar Bear (part 3)

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2011). 5 Questions With Tracy Anglada and the Bipolar Bear (part 3). Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from


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