Bipolar Young

 

Getting the All-Important Diagnosis

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    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.



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The Young Bipolar:broken_crate_image A Special Case

 

  1. WWW 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 Billing Here!
  2. 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 to understand)
  3. 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.
  4. New 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.
  5. Complex and Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Children and Adolescents: A Preliminary Study - Excellent article on a study of 6-16 year old children.
  6. Parenting Bipolar Children: Online conference transcript - an interesting interview with psychotherapist George Lynn.
  7. Bipolar Disorders Center - especially for parents of the bipolar child.
  8. Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation - Site dedicated to Bipolar Disorder in the young.
  9. About Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder - General information and list of symptoms for identifying the possibility of this disorder.
  10. How to Start a Support Group for Parents of Bipolar Children - Just one part of the bipolarchild website.
  11. Facts About Childhood-Onset Bipolar Disorder - Basic information from the NAMI website.
  12. Children With Bipolar Disorder - About.com's section dealing with childhood bipolar disorder.
  13. Early-Onset Mood Disorder - An excellent, if technical, article on childhood bipolar disorder--very good.
  14. BP Phoenix1 - This site has an online support list you can join to gain more insight on this disorder and its effects on children.
  15. About Juvenile-Onset Bipolar Disorder - The BP Child Research Center - general information and an FAQ.
  16. Bipolar Disorder - A good overview of symptoms in children and adolescents.