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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
BPSO is primarily interested in loving relationships between adults, one of whom has bipolar disorder. However, since bipolar disorder has a strong hereditary component, many of those in this group will have children who have bipolar disorder. Among the resources linked below, we especially encourage parents of bipolar children to visit the web sites of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) and the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation (JBRF).

Organizations Providing Support and/or Information
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.
Balanced Mind Parent Network Formerly the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), The Balanced Mind Parent Network is a parent-led, not-for-profit, web-based membership organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, early-onset bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorders Center This center has been created especially for parents of a child with a bipolar disorder and for adolescents with bipolar disorders.
Family Guide to Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy and Drug Free Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A public education Web site, developed to support the efforts of parents and other caring adults to promote mental health and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs among 7- to 18-year-olds.
Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation raises and distributes funds for the most promising research into the causes, treatments and prevention of early-onset bipolar disorder. The JBRF is the first charitable foundation devoted solely to support research in childhood-onset bipolar disorder.
Not MY Kid At notMYkid, we inspire positive life choices by educating our community about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. Young adults who have overcome life-controlling addictions and behaviors share their personal stories with middle and high school students. In an effort to promote our prevention message we educate adults on the same addictions and destructive behaviors. Our goal is to increase awareness of the challenges kids face, provide information and offer resources to support the success of students, families and educators.


Private Support and Information Sites
Alice's Garden Support and information for parents of children with depression
Bipolar Support A blog (web log) written by parents of a large family, including a 19 year old son with fairly severe bipolar disorder. With this log we will attempt to record thoughts, struggles, and accomplishments with respect to our bipolar son, Kyle. This includes, by necessity, the dynamics of our family and many of our day to day interactions and events.
IEP_Guide Busy bulletin board concerning IEP, special education, IDEA 504, NCLB, etc.
NAMI Child & Adolescent Action Center Working to focus attention on the critical need for systems reform and to support communities and families. Our goal is to build and support our grassroots advocacy to ensure an expanded systems reform agenda at every level of government.


Books and Articles
Bipolar Child This site promotes the authors' new book and assembles much valuable information of interest to parents of children having bipolar disorder. Of special interest are The Bipolar Child Newsletter and a model IEP (individual education plan) for a bipolar child. The book is The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder. By Demitri Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos.
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder On the NAMI web site. By Demitri Papolos, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: A Review of the Past 10 Years By Barbara Geller, M.D. and Joan Luby, M.D. From the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1997.
Childhood-onset Bipolar Disorder: Under-diagnosed, Under-treated and Under Discussion By Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Research Newsletter.
Complex and Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Children and Adolescents: A Preliminary Study By Barbara Geller, M.D., Kai Sun, Ph.D., Betsy Zimerman, M.A., Joan Luby, M.D., Jeanne Frazier, B.S.N., Marlene Williams, R.N.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents By Mary Beth Cogan. Psychiatric Times, May 1996, Vol. XIII, Issue 5.
Difficulty of Diagnosing ADHD and Bipolar Disorder in Children By Anne Brown. NARSAD Research Newsletter.
Mania & AHDH: An exchange of letters related to the debate about mania and ADHD From the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, May 1999. Reproduced here by permission of Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents By Anne Brown. NARSAD Research Newsletter.
Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Resolved: Mania Is Mistaken for ADHD in Prepubertal Children A debate sponsored by the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in October 1998.
www.BPChildren.com Our mission is to help young people and adults understand more about childhood bipolar disorder. Our books and booklets bring knowledge to the mind, courage to the heart and hope to the spirit. Please join us in erasing the stigma and easing the burden one child at a time.

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