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.

King George School

King George School
2684 King George Farm Road
Sutton, VT 05867

Boarding school recommended by parents of a bipolar teen

SUWS Troubled Teens Wilderness Programs

SUWS Troubled Teens Wilderness Programs
911 Preacher Creek Road
Shoshone, ID 83352

"In addition to being one of the nation’s premier therapeutic teen wilderness programs, SUWS is also the longest continually operating program in the United States.

Since the day in 1981 that we accepted our first class, SUWS has been providing innovative and effective therapeutic wilderness experiences for adolescents, teens, and young adults who are struggling with a range of issues and challenges.

Legal Issues of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

The guide includes information about health insurance, child custody, allegations of abuse, the juvenile justice system, consent for treatment, disclosure of medical information, finding attorneys and advocates, suggestions for workers in the Juvenile Justice System, and other resources.

NIMH Free Booklet, "Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens"

Easy-to-read NIMH booklet, free to order in print or download, with answers to many questions parents have about bipolar disorder.

Jean Paul Ohadi Resource Center for Bipolar Disorder at the Josselyn Center

Treatment Center in Chicago's North Shore area
Jean Paul Ohadi Resource Center

from their web site:

"Located at The Josselyn Center for Mental Health, The Jean Paul Ohadi Resource Center houses information related to children and adolescents with bipolar disorders.

The Resource Center is designed to:

Aspen Achievement Academy

Aspen Achievement Academy
98 South Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Loa, UT 84747

“Aspen Education Group is recognized nationwide as the leading provider of education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. As the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs, Aspen offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose a setting that best meets a student's unique academic and emotional needs.

Connect with Kids Bipolar Kids page

Multi-media educational company with videos of all issues concerning kids

"CWK Network, Inc. Connect with Kids is a multi-media, education company focused on helping educators and parents teach life skills, prevention, character, health, and wellness. Our belief is that parents and teachers are the greatest influence in the life of a child. Our mission is to connect kids with the adults who can help them using the power of real stories on video, television and the Internet.

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, Third Edition

Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: The Guilford Press; Third Edition edition (September 2, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1593858426
ISBN-13: 978-1593858421

New Hope for Children and Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 13, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0761527184
ISBN-13: 978-0761527183

With proper diagnosis and early intervention, there is unlimited hope for children and teens diagnosed with bipolar disorder to lead fulfilling and enjoyable lives, starting today.