Help and hope for parents of children who suffer
from this prevalent and puzzling disorder
Bipolar disorder is one of the most frequently diagnosed youth mental health diseases. Up to one-third of the 3.4 million children and adolescents with depression in the United States may actually be experiencing the early onset of bipolar disorder. Also, up to 15 percent of American children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be suffering instead from early onset bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder has an impact not only on children’s mood and behavior but on the way they experience the world and consequently on the way they think. The intensity with which a bipolar child perceives things can be the source of creativity and artistic talent, but it can also be a source of confusion and disorganization. If parents can understand the effects of bipolar disorder on their child, they can help him or her to better navigate school, friendships, and family relationships.
In his discussion of the many aspects of this disorder and specific case histories, Dr. Gregory T. Lombardo provides comprehensive information on:
• Professional diagnosis
• Developmental issues
• Disorder that go hand-in-hand with bipolar, including ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder
• Treatment – including psychotherapy and medication
Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child is essential reading for all parents who want to better understand their child and provide support every step of the way.