Media praise for Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents

"An excellent plain-language guide for parents of children and adolescents with bipolar disorders, explaining diagnosis and common misdiagnoses, medications and responses, therapeutic interventions, and alternative therapies. Gives advice on family life and support, and discusses insurance issues and working within the educational system. Material is detailed yet easy to understand. Includes an extensive list of resources such as groups and agencies, publications, web sites, mail order pharmacies, and alternative medicine resources. The author is a journalist and mother of a daughter with the disorder."
--Book News

"As bipolar disorders are becoming more commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents, a readable, informative guide for these youths and their families is certainly needed.This book certainly fits the bill. It covers all of the major topics that are of greatest importance to guide parents and families on the topic of pediatric bipolarity: diagnosis, medications, psychotherapy, and working with schools and the community." --Robert L. Findling, M.D., Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-director, Stanley Clinical Research Center Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland

"[This book] is certainly a *must read* for anyone newly diagnosed as bipolar or with a loved one with bipolar." --Stephanie Kirkpatrick, bipolar and mother of bipolar child

"This book will make a tremendous impact on the lives of those who are attempting to raise and educate children with bipolar disorder." --Tomie Burke, Founder, Bipolar Parent Listservs

"This invaluable book encompasses a wide range and comprehensive discussion of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. It should be a great help to families who want and/or need accurate medical information on this serious but treatable disease. This text would also provide tremendous help and understanding to educators and counselors who deal with these kids in social and academic settings." --Sallie P. Mink, B.S., R.N. DRADA (The Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association) in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"A journalist, teacher and mother of a young woman with bipolar disorder, Waltz provides parents and professionals with information on how to get a diagnosis and avoid common misdiagnoses for bipolar disorders in youths.

"Bipolar disorders are illnesses characterized by severe mood swings, from the deepest suicidal depression to the most elated highs. As many as 1 million children in the United States alone have bipolar disorders, although Waltz says that they are commonly misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When bipolar disorders emerge in youths, the consequences can be severe: Suicide is a common outcome, as well as school failure, substance abuse and hospitalizations.

"The book also offers information on family life, such as support and recognition and prevention of mood swings. Medications are discussed, with special emphasis on the responses of children and adolescents compared to those of bipolar adults. other highlighted areas include 'talk therapies,' diet and supplements, health insurance and how to work with the education system. Waltz knows first-hand the struggles that parents of bipolar children endure, and she's written one of the only books available to help them better understand what is happening and empower them to get the most help available." --Today's Librarian January 2000.

"An informative discussion on a wide range of topics useful to parents, with extensive listing of additional resources. The last three chapters focus on insurance, school, and transition to adulthood, and will be of particular interest to families of adolescents.Highly recommended." --Children & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

"Reviewers were impressed with the succinctly covered wide range of information. Some of the topics have been covered well in other publications, but Waltz has updatd information and covers such uncommon topics as non-traditional interventions and appropriate cautions, insurance issues, strategies for dealing with insurers, and practical benefit information. Families...should find this an informative and practical reference." --NAMI Literature Committee (National Association of Mental Illness)