Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder: Innovative Parenting and Counseling Techniques for Helping Children with Bipolar Disorder and the Conditions that May Occur with It
Up until five years ago, the professional community did not think that bipolar disorder occurred in children. Children with symptoms of bipolar disorder were diagnosed as "severe ADHD", "depressed" or "oppositional defiant". Now, as it is being increasingly diagnosed, George Lynn offers a clear, practical advice on recognising the symptoms, understanding medication and accessing the necessary support at school as well as the managing the day-to-day challenges of parenting a child with bipolar disorder. As it is frequently found in combination with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and Asperger's syndrome, the author draws on case-studies from his own psychotherapeutic practice to show what these conditions have in common, how they differ, and how they related to each other. This book tackles the most difficult decisions parents can face, including whether to involve police or consider hospitalisation if their children are a danger to themselves and their families. At he same time, it emphasises the positive qualities these children often have and illustrates how their gifts and abilities can build their self-esteem and help them function better in society. However severe the child's symptoms, this book will provide guidance, support and inspiration for parents and carers as well as being a useful resource for professionals working with the families who suffer as a result of this disorder.
Read this book, even if no one you know is Bipolar!
By sahdu - September 18, 2000
George Lynn has written (another) highly accessible (reader friendly, positive and practical guide for people wanting to know how to understand and help kids (or adults) with differences.One of my sons was diagnosed Tourette Syndrome and Asperger syndrome in 1997. A couple of years ago, I stumbled across George's previous book: Survival Strategies for Parenting Your ADD Child. I was so pleased and inspired by the fresh and positive perspective Mr. Lynn takes regarding our "attention DIFFERENT children", that I contacted him and asked him to please write something similar targeting Asperger Syndrome! I am especially favorably impressed with the chapters in this book relating to Asperger Syndrome. I feel inspired to get the word out to other parents of AS and TS children that this a good resource for them, even if their child does not have Bipolar Disorder.My son has a lot in common with Richard, in the book: "he had good eye contact, he had a sense of... read more
Children with bipolar disorder
By Joav Merrick - February 9, 2001
The author, George Lynn, is a certified medical health counselor, who has pioneered the usage of psychotherapy for adults and children with neuropsychological issues. When is own son was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 1991, he realized that personality can be powerfully impacted by brain chemestry independent of environment. Bipolar disorder, extreme mood cycling between a hyperenergized, grandiose, elevated mood and deep depression, has been know in adults, but only recently recognized in children. It can be a disorder on its own or in association with for example Aspergers syndrome, Tourette syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The book has 14 chapters arranged into five sections: Bipolar disorder in children, Asper syndrome and bipolar disorder in teens, soothing the hurt of Tourette syndrome and bipolar disorder, ADHD and its extremes and finally hard decisions on schools, professionals, psychiatric hospitals and police involvement. In the appendix... read more
This was the most helpful book I've read on Bipolar
By Shelly - August 21, 2001
This book was detailed and specific. I left feeling hopeful - that yes, my child fit the Bipolar description to a "T" but that at least I could be sure she'd been diagnosed properly. Especially helpful was the chapter describing the difference between an ADHD 'meltdown' and a Bipolar 'rage.' There ARE differences - I wonder why it is so hard to explain the experiences to psychiatrists treating our children. It was also very helpful to be able to go down the list and see what the doctors are looking for to make a diagnosis - what they are talking about, the current wisdom on just what is happening in our children's brains when the rage happens - I can't endorse this book enough. I would like to buy a copy for anyone who is wondering "Is it possible my child has Bipolar? Or is it all in MY mind?" This book told me the doctor was right - I am now more certain than the doctor that this is my child's difficulty.BUY THIS BOOK!
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