Getting the All-Important Diagnosis
I was a bipolar child...and...teen...and adult who went untreated
until age 42. When I look back, I clearly see in my own childhood the
early symptoms of this illness. Had anyone known then that children, yes
CHILDREN, can be bipolar too, what heartache might I have been spared?
If my parents had known what we know today, and had they not been
frightened by the stigma this disorder carries, I might have received
the kind of treatment that would have kept me from self-destructive
behaviours which ultimately landed me in the hospital more than once.
This section is intended to reach out to my little brothers and sisters
so they won't EVER know the desperation I once knew.
The Young Bipolar: A Special Case
Handbook on Child and Youth Psychiatry: Bipolar Disorder
-- If you go nowhere else on the web, go here! This is an absolutely
incredible resource not only for those who wish to understand the bipolar
child, but I emphatically recommend that all adult bipolars read this
as well. I doubt any one of you will come away without having gained
insight into what makes you, as a bipolar adult, tick. Top
- Bipolar Affective
Disorder (Manic Depressive disorder) in Children and Adolescents
- By James Chandler, MD, FRCPC - A straightforward exegesis
of bipolar disorder in youth, classifications are explained (bipolar
I, bipolar II, cyclothymia) and case studies offered as examples. (Easy
- National Information Center
for Children and Youth with Disabilities -- NICHCY is the
national information and referral center that provides information on
disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators,
and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth
to age 22). Hablamos espaņol.
Antidepressants in Children -- It's so difficult to find
information on youth and some mental disorders that it's worth pointing
to a site that seems to be addressing the issue somewhat.
- Complex and Rapid Cycling
in Bipolar Children and Adolescents: A Preliminary Study - Excellent
article on a study of 6-16 year old children.
Bipolar Children: Online conference transcript - an interesting
interview with psychotherapist George Lynn.
- Bipolar Disorders
Center - especially for parents of the bipolar child.
and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation - Site dedicated to Bipolar
Disorder in the young.
- About Early-Onset
Bipolar Disorder - General information and list of symptoms
for identifying the possibility of this disorder.
- How to Start
a Support Group for Parents of Bipolar Children - Just one part
of the bipolarchild website.
About Childhood-Onset Bipolar Disorder - Basic information from
the NAMI website.
- Children With
Bipolar Disorder - About.com's section dealing with childhood
Mood Disorder - An excellent, if technical, article on childhood
bipolar disorder--very good.
Phoenix1 - This site has an online support list you can join
to gain more insight on this disorder and its effects on children.
- About Juvenile-Onset
Bipolar Disorder - The BP Child Research Center - general information
and an FAQ.
Disorder - A good overview of symptoms in children and adolescents.