Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for perinatal women with depression or bipolar spectrum disorder.

This study examined rates of mood improvement in 39 women who were perinatal (pregnant, postpartum, or planning pregnancy) and who had a lifetime history of major depression or bipolar disorder. The women participated in an 8-week course of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a group treatment focused on meditation practices. Participants with major depressive disorder (n = 27) reported improvements in depression from before to after the 8-week treatment, with no further mood deterioration by 6 months.

Women and Bipolar Disorder

The mental health social network Psych Central provides a two-page article on Women and Bipolar Disorder.

Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College


The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit working to promote emotional health among college students, has partnered with the American Psychiatric Foundation to launch the Transition Year, an online resource center that helps students and their families focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

Moving On: Federal Programs to Assist Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions

Federal Programs to Assist Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Size 166 pages

Moving On is a collection of fact sheets on 56 programs, run by 20 or more different agencies in nine departments of the federal government. Each offers information about the program’s purpose, services and funded activities, the administering federal agency, grantee and beneficiary eligibility, and a brief assessment of the program’s impact.

Available in print or by pdf download

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.

Treatment Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder

Treatment guidelines for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, that includes diagnosis, comorbidity, acute treatment, and maintenance treatment.

This is a pdf document available for download on the Balanced Mind Foundation's web site.

The article was published by Robert A Kowatch, MD, et al, in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 44:3, March 2005.

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.