New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions. By Boris Birmaher, MD. Current information, and packed with useful tips on parenting strategies, treatment strategies, and hope. It contains great advice for dealing with the schools and other steps parents can take to reduce stress and enhance flexibility.
Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, by Jill S. Goldberg Arnold, MD, and Mary A. Fristad, MD. Why symptoms look different in children and teens, how to find the right doctor or therapist, and how to help kids develop their own "coping toolkits." A practical guide to everything from dealing with medical crises to resolving school problems, sibling conflicts, and marital stress.
The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Demitri Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos (Broadway Books, 2002). A compelling account of the illness in children. Stresses the benefits of early intervention and the urgent need for further research. The authors spent over a year in BPParents and let real family voices speak eloquently about their struggles and triumphs. Revised edition details some of the newest developments in the fields of research and treatment, and addresses neuropsychological testing in greater depth.
Understanding and Educating Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Educators, by Margot Andersen, MSW; Jane Boyd Kubisak, MS; Ruth Field, MSW, LSW; and Steven Vogelstein, MA, LCSW. (The Josselyn Center, 2003). A manual providing educators with guiding principles that inform assessment, programming, and intervention decisions for students with bipolar disorder. Included are case examples, IEP tips, and sample functional behavioral analyses and behavior intervention plans.
The Balanced Mind Foundation. Offers resources and education materials to families with children with mood disorders and guides you to find ways to connect with other families. Includes Flipswitch, dedicated to helping teens and young adults understand their depression and mood disorder.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). The nation's leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.