Children Under 12

In this section, we have compiled resources to help parents of younger children get the support and understanding they need. For basic information about pediatric bipolar disorder, we recommend The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and its publications. They have a free booklet entitled "Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens" that can be downloaded or ordered in print for free.

National Institute of Mental Health Publications provides excellent up-to-date information on the symptoms, course, causes and treatment of bipolar disorder. Separate sections are devoted to child and adolescent bipolar illness, suicide, medical treatments, and their side effects, co-occurring illnesses, psychosocial treatments, sources of help for individuals and families, and clinical research studies.

Among the many other sources offering help for early onset bipolar disorder, the following two web sites are among the most comprehensive and include kid-friendly features:

  • For children under 12 with bipolar disorder: Balanced Mind Foundation (formerly Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF;
  • Education and resources for kids, teens, "for girls only," parents and teachers:

You may also watch Dr. Randye Semple's Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children.

Hope Says...


I Hate Myself: Hope says You Are Loved
I Don't Matter: Hope says You Have A Purpose
I Don't Fit In: Hope says You Belong
I Want To Give Up: Hope says You Have A Choice
I Feel Useless: Hope says You Are Needed

Hope says We Can't Imagine Life Without You!

Video on Bipolar Disorder with Dr. Miklowitz

A message from David J. Miklowitz, PhD — Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute

The Role Of Faith Communities For The Mental Health Community

This is a video with Dr. David Miklowitz talking about the role of faith communities for the mental health community.

Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder

This much-needed volume gives clinicians essential strategies for managing the complexities of bipolar disorder and tailoring treatment to each patient's changing needs. Highly readable, accessible, and pragmatic, the book provides expert guidance on critically important treatment questions. It addresses which medications to try and at what dosages, what psychosocial interventions are most helpful at different phases of the illness, how to continually monitor and fine-tune treatment to keep patients functioning well, and how to involve family members productively.

Effective Child Therapy

"Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) is a division of the American Psychological Association (APA). Its mission is to encourage the development and advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology through integration of its scientific and professional aspects. The division promotes scientific inquiry, training, professional practice, and public policy in clinical child and adolescent psychology as a means of improving the welfare and mental health of children, youth, and families.

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)

“The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) was created in January of 1999 to serve as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties. The Association is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the NATSAP membership.”

Devereux Glenholme School

81 Sabbaday Lane
Washington, CT 06793

The Glenholme School is a specialized boarding school that provides a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of academic, social and emotional development in boys and girls ages 10 to 18.

The goal is to prepare our graduates for continued education in traditional schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities.

Grove School

Grove School
175 Copse Road
Madison, CT 06443

“Grove School strives to be a therapeutic milieu for young people who are experiencing emotional and learning challenges that affect the quality of their lives. By weaving our various facets into a seamless whole, we provide an extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and the development of meaningful relationships.”