Positive Parenting for Bipolar Kids: How to Identify, Treat, Manage, and Rise to the Challenge
The Definitive Resource on How to Identify, Treat, and Thrive with a Bipolar Child More than three million American children suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, a life-impairing illness that can cause wild mood swings and even episodes of rage. But as a parent, can you tell the difference between a temperamental, moody child and one facing serious mental illness? Where do you turn if your child’s tantrums and meltdowns are wreaking havoc? For families as well as professionals, here is the only book on early-onset bipolar disorder written by pediatric specialists who combine clinical care and research. Drawing from their professional experience and sharing stories of families in their practices, child psychiatrist Janet Wozniak and psychiatric nurse Mary Ann McDonnell guide you in how to:
•Navigate the “diagnosis tangle” to ensure accurate identification of the disorder •Communicate effectively with doctors, teachers, and counselors •Find allies and choose a treatment team •Help your family cope
From medication to coping strategies, this accessible book offers the most up-to-date information as well as inspiration, encouragement, and invaluable wisdom for all involved.
If you buy only one book, make it this one . . .
By Kelli B. - June 4, 2008
I've been waiting years for Dr. Wozniak to write a book. (I have followed her work closely for almost 10 years, since I had that first nagging feeling that my new baby was different.) Her new book, "Is Your Child Bipolar?", co-authored by Mary Ann McDonnell, a psychiatric nurse specializing in pediatric psychopharmacology, doesn't disappoint.
As the parent of two children with early-onset bipolar disorder, I have made it my mission to read anything and everything on the subject. Most of the non-academic books are great for enlightening the uninitiated or the newly diagnosed. For those of us already in the trenches, these books serve to remind us that we are not as alone as we may feel. This book is a success because it does all that and much more.
The empathy these authors feel for the children and their families is apparent on every page. This validation is critical, particularly with mental illness, where attitudes of ignorance, shame, blame and disbelief still... read more
Is Your Child Bipolar?... Essential Reading for Anyone Needing Knowledge About This Subject
By Anne "Anne" - June 4, 2008
As a teacher and the parent of a bipolar child who has become a bipolar adolescent, I have a large shelf full of books devoted to the topic of Bipolar Disorder and related issues. Is Your Child Bipolar? contains a brilliant presentation of the information needed to identify signs of the illness, find a doctor, and design a treatment plan and program for your child that creates a prognosis for success. The medical information is presented in readable, understandable fashion. Examples provided from clinical knowledge and experience present a clear picture of the intricacy of bipolar disorder and its comorbidities. There is a wealth of information on how to obtain the best educational environment for your child. The legal aspects and rights of parent and child are defined. Various types of therapy are discussed, and there are strategies for maintaining a cohesive, thriving family amid the challenges of this illness. "Thrive" is a key word. Bravo, Janet Wozniak,... read more
Positive Parenting for Bipolar Kids
By Debbie J. Hetge - May 4, 2010
I have been extremely pleased with this book - thurs/friday/saturday - I have already read 1/2 way through it - it has great information - a lot of what is in here I have heard from other parents who have the same issues and from her therapist - and a lot of things I hadn't known about the disease - I can't wait to finisht the book - I hope other parents out there that are struggling with (Adolescent Bipolar) especially in the early stage (which is where I am) read this book - It is written on a level that any one can understand - it is on the common persons level - and it is easy reading - If you have a child who has recently been diagnosed with Bipolar (as I have, since the end of March 2010) I highly recommend this book - the Appendix is full of great contact information and where to seek more information - my advise is to get all the information you can and learn from it - This is heartbreaking when it is your own child - I can not recommend this book enough to those of you... read more
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