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.

Ask Dr. Dave Blog

Dr. David Miklowitz’s Bipolar Blog.

"The UCLA CHAMP clinic offers this service to the community as a way of providing answers to questions that can often take hours to research. I will try to answer your question as quickly as I can! If I don’t know the answer, I will consult with someone who does. Please be patient: I may not be able to respond to your question right away."

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

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

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

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

The Bipolar Teen

The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family
David J. Miklowitz and Elizabeth L. George
Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 16, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1593853181
ISBN-13: 978-1593853181