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While a great deal of controversy still exists regarding the diagnosis criteria for children with bipolar disorder (manic depression), early onset bipolar disorder is now generally accepted. Found here are resources relating to children who have this disorder.
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Bipolar Disorder in Children
A recap of the history and symptoms of bipolar disorder in children, along with a discussion of the controversy about this diagnosis, the differences between adult and childhood bipolar disorder, and a look at the American Psychiatric Association's plans to rename the illness.

What Was the Best Advice You Received Regarding Your Bipolar Child?
Share with others the best advice you ever received for dealing with your bipolar child.

What Is the COBY Study?
COBY is an acronym for the Course and Outcome of Bipolar Illness in Youth. It is a large research effort supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Research in COBY has been conducted in a number of locations and by different research teams. The results of these continuing studies have led to a significantly better...

What Is Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder?
Childhood onset bipolar disorder is a term used to qualify that an individual was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a child or that an individual is currently a child who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Childhood Bipolar Disorder - The Book, the Controversy and the Reality
In 1999, Broadway Books released “The Bipolar Child” by Demitri Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos. Many parents, like me, were thrilled feeling for the first time that we were not alone. However, many researchers had concerns that this work was pushed to the mainstream before empirical research studies could adequately vet the theories put forward.

Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder – Beyond Obscurity
Just a few short years ago, the medical community rarely considered this diagnosis in teens, let alone in children. During the last few years, the picture has been rapidly changing. Childhood onset bipolar disorder (COBPD) -- also known as early onset bipolar disorder or pediatric bipolar disorder -- has gone from obscurity to fame.

Conference on Bipolar Children - Overview
Report on the second annual Conference, where the speakers included Demitri and Janice Papolos and George Lynn.

Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health
On January 3, 2000, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services released a report on this Conference. How well does it do in addressing the needs of children with mental illnesses?

Parents & Practitioners: Working Together
Margie, a member of our forums, shares, 'I want to make his world better. Lord, I would do anything. I just do not know what. I am so afraid the hospital is going say, Bad Mommy!’ Margie’s poignant post is so typical of parents trying to be the best they can for their children in such difficult circumstances. Dr. Barbara Mackinaw-Koons and Dr. Mary A. Fristad address these issues and how health care providers can help.

An Illustration of Bipolar Disorder for Children
The concept of extreme mood swings associated bipolar disorder is difficult to articulate to other adults. Explaining it to children, whether it is them or a loved-one with the disorder, is even more problematic. How do you illustrate depression or mania to a child? Perhaps an old record player can help.

Children Get Anxious Too!
Children are usually considered inherent explorers. They tend to be curious and resilient so we often overlook the fact that they too can experience serious, debilitating anxiety. Yes, children get anxious too! In response to the concern, frustration and worry expressed by parents struggling to meet their children’s needs, found here is an...

Oprah: "Explosive Children"
Reviewing the Oprah show's segment on children who rage due to BP, ADD/ADHD, and/or ODD, with a plea for more responsible journalism such as this.

Child & Adolescent Action Center
The NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center is working to focus attention on the critical need for systems reform and to support communities and families. Our goal is to build and support our grassroots advocacy to ensure an expanded systems reform agenda at every level of government.

Childhood Bipolar Disorder
"Bipolar disorder (BD) in children and adolescents is severe and has significant adverse effects on academic, social and family functioning. The high rate of relapse and suicide attempts in youth with BD makes effective treatment essential." by Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.

Complex and Rapid Cycling in Children and Adolescents
This paper presents preliminary data on the descriptive characteristics and cycling patterns of bipolar disorders I and II (BP-I and BP-II) occurring in children and adolescents.

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