Adolescents 12- 18

The resources in this section include several autobiographies by young people with bipolar disorder. For comprehensive information for families with a bipolar teen, we recommend The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family (D. Miklowitz and E. George) and the free booklet from the NIMH, Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens.

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

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.”

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.

Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Bipolar Disorder

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (August 15, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195309057
ISBN-13: 978-0195309058

From the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series, Mind Race is written from a teenager's perspective on what it is like to be bipolar.

Conquering the Beast Within

Conquering the Beast Within: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Bipolar Disorder
by Cait Irwin
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Paperback Edition edition (September 8, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812932471
ISBN-13: 978-0812932478

The story of a young teenager's battle with depression

Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Paul H Brookes Pub Co; Revised edition (March 31, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1557665923
ISBN-13: 978-1557665928

From amazon: "Interactive workbook, for teens, explores ways to deal with suicidal thoughts, change negative behaviors, reach out to friends and family, reduce stress, avoid substance abuse, solve problems, recognize triggers of depression, and focus on dreams and goals. Includes tips, brain-storming activities, checklists, and more."

When Nothing Matters Any More: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens

When Nothing Matters Any More: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
Author: Bev Cobain
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Revised & Updated Edition edition (March 20, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1575422352
ISBN-13: 978-1575422350

A cousin of Kurt Cobain wrote this book as a way of dealing with his death, and to reach out to teens with hope.