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; bpkids.org))
  • Education and resources for kids, teens, "for girls only," parents and teachers: bpchildren.org

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

BP Children

The main focus of BPChildren, an organization founded by a mental health writer Tracy Anglada, is to provide resources to children with bipolar disorder. The site features age-appropriate videos, events (interviews, conferences, webinars, in-service school trainings, radio and television appearances), downloads, charts, etc. The site sections are kids, teens, parents and teachers, FAQs for parents and teachers, Books for kids published by Tracy Anglada.

Randye Semple: Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children

Randye Semple, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Author, discusses the benefits of
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for anxious children and adolescents.
Complete Bridging Hearts & Minds of Youth conference audio and video available from More Than Sound: www.morethansound.net/youth.php

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is the largest organization of child and adolescent psychiatrists. The site includes many educational materials and extensive lists of available child psychiatrists and how to contact them.

NIMH Publications

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.

Order free publications: five free fact sheets on bipolar disorder

The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder, Third Edition

The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder, Third Edition
Author: Demitri Papolos
Publisher: Broadway; 3rd edition (October 2, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0767928601
ISBN-13: 978-0767928601

Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP)

The CHAMP program provides diagnostic evaluations, second opinion consultation, and short-term treatments (medication management and various forms of psychotherapy) for youth who have symptoms of significant and impairing mood disorders and their families. The Program’s focus is on pediatric bipolar disorder (extreme high and low moods).  We will see children from age 7 years to 17 yrs, 11 mos.
CHAMP offers the following services:

The Balanced Mind Foundation

Parent-led; provides information and support to family members

Mission
The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.

Vision
The Balanced Mind Foundation envisions a world where children living with mood disorders thrive because their families have the resources, community and support they need.

Features: Plipswitch: a section of the site devoted to teens, with podcasts, chat rooms, for girls only and teen testimonials; newsletters

Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation

First charitable organization dedicated to the support of research on early-onset bipolar disorder; started by Demitri and Janice Papolos

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