Psychotherapy for Children with Bipolar and Depressive Disorders

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Part I of this book provides an overview of treating children with mood disorders, summarizes current scientific knowledge about childhood mood disorders, discusses how to implement MF-PEP and IF-PEP and describes the complexities of diagnosing mood disorders in children. Part II reviews session-by-session how to implement MF-PEP and IF-PEP. Part III provides handouts needed to conduct MF-PEP and IF-PEP as well as reproducibles for group games and activities. The Appendix includes helpful resources for families, including recommended books, websites, and national organizations. 


“Finally, a book that brings together the wide variety of strategies available for working with families of children with mood disorders. The authors clearly show how psychoeducational psychotherapy differs from simple education. Readers will especially appreciate the wealth of clinical information and the practical, ‘how-to’ approach, supplemented by reproducible handouts.”–David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles 

 “This book raises the bar for evidence-based practice resources. The authors are not just familiar with the research, they have contributed much to it, and they are also experts at engaging families. As a researcher, I am impressed by how up to date the information is. As a clinician, I appreciate the combination of a clear structure and strong supporting materials. The book provides extensive handouts and exercises for teaching and reinforcing core skills. This book combines art, science, and wisdom in a blend that will raise the game of anyone working with children who struggle to regulate their emotions or form lasting positive relationships.”–Eric Youngstrom, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“There is a great need for empirically proven psychosocial strategies for enhancing children’s emotion relguation and coping. This book provides refreshing, incisive guidance and insights for families coping with severe mood disorders. It addresses fundamental issues of education and cognitive control that can provide a foundation for successful adaptation. I highly recommend this book to mental health clinicians seeking to understand and remediate these complex disorders.” –Joan L. Luby, MD, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Founding Director, Early Emotional Developmental Program, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


 Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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“Bipolar illness and depression can derail a child’s normal development at any age. With sage advice to parents (and kids) that ‘it’s not your fault, but it’s your challenge,’ the authors provide a roadmap and a toolkit of strategies for families facing these complicated, heritable, and treatable medical disorders. Highly recommended.”–Martha Hellander, Executive Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

“As the mother of two children who have been diagnosed with mood disorders, I found this book invaluable. It is extremely thorough and readable; provides solid, current information; and covers every aspect of life that is affected by these disorders. In short, the book helps families navigate murky and formidable waters. It is a great plus to have such a resource available.”–Edna Wright, Bexley, OH

“This is an extremely reassuring and eminently practical book that educates and empowers parents of children with bipolar disorder. Not only does it demystify situations that so often paralyze parents, it moves them to a place where they can become much more effective in helping their ill children as well as their family as a whole.”–Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

“Until we have a ‘cure’ for mood disorders, young people, their families, and educators will need informed and sensible ways of understanding and managing them. Raising a Moody Child provides state-of-the-art information interwoven with strategies the authors have developed over the years to mitigate the challenges as well as celebrate the strengths posed by ‘moody’ young people.”–Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stony Brook University

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Every day can be an ordeal for families struggling with the difficult, moody, “impossible” behavior that may point to childhood depression or bipolar disorder. Effective help for kids does exist, but it often requires a customized combination of medication, therapy, coping skills, and support. From esteemed clinician and researcher Dr. Mary Fristad and fellow treatment expert Dr. Jill Goldberg Arnold, this indispensable book explains how treatment works and what additional steps parents can take at home to help children with mood disorders–and the family as a whole–improve the quality of their lives. Explained are why symptoms look so different (and can be so much harder to manage) in children and teens than in adults, how to find the right doctor or therapist, and how to help kids develop their own “coping toolkits.” Bursting with practical tools, FAQs, and examples, the book covers everything from dealing with medical crises to resolving school problems, sibling conflicts, and marital stress.

Clinical Management of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

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This book is an invaluable resource for clinicians who treat bipolar disorder. It contains up-to-date scholarly, yet practical information on diagnostic and treatment issues in pediatric bipolar disorder. –Karen Dinnen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., Marie B. Gale Centennial Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry& Behavioral Sciences, Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Texas Medical Branch

An excellent overview of what is known about Bipolar in Youth. From epidemiology to diagnosis to evidence based theory regarding the etiology and treatment this book has it all. The 3 Bob s, with the additional of Dr. Fristad have done it again. –Russell E. Scheffer, M.D., Chair and professor, Kansas University School of Medicine- Wichita

 The book is a comprehensive yet readable synthesis of the existing research and expert opinion on pediatric bipolar disorder. The authors have made this complex area of psychiatry accessible to everyone but were able to maintain scientific rigor so that the book is useful to a wide range of readers, including specialists in the field. –David Axelson, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Child & Adolescent Bipolar Services, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


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Clinical Manual for Management of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents was written in response to the growing body of knowledge surrounding pediatric bipolar illness and the underlying biological, environmental, and psychosocial influences that exacerbate symptoms and behavior. Written to provide clinically useful information about diagnosis and management, this manual is a comprehensive collection of empirical evidence, case studies, and the growing number of evidence-based reports on pediatric bipolar disorder over the past five years. This revised and extended manual thoroughly examines how the past dualism of nature versus nurture should be replaced with the more accurate nurture enhancing or igniting nature in young patients facing bipolar disorder. This enhanced text also features several new chapters by Dr. Mary Fristad and team at The Ohio State University, who are experts in the family and psychosocial aspects of pediatric bipolar disorder. 


Childhood Mental Health Disorders:  Evidence Base and Contextual Factors for Psychosocial, Psychopharmacological, and Combined Interventions

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Childhood Mental Health Disorders is a comprehensive report, based on a thorough review of the literature, of the current recognized spectrum of childhood mental health disorders, including effective use of psychotropic medications and psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents. All of the studies come from top experts in the medical and psychology communities, and include the most recent, updated information, despite the rapidly changing face of child and adolescent mental health studies. Acknowledging the complexity of these disorders and the need to individualize treatment, the volume is intended as a basic yet comprehensive framework for anyone interested in mental health in children and adolescents. The disorders addressed include attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism and schizophrenia, and other commonly recognized disorders.


Handbook of Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents

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A comprehensive guidebook to diagnosing and treating youth with SEDHandbook of Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents presents current theory, research, practice, and policy concerning serious emotional disturbance (SED) and highlights opportunities for practitioners to serve this large and vulnerable population. As many as one in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder, yet many go undiagnosed and receive little or no treatment for their problems, which can worsen with age. This multidisciplinary, multisystemic handbook fills the need for a current and comprehensive resource that targets the most severe and persistent mental disorders of childhood and adolescence. 

Featuring contributors that include the leading SED experts, this practical resource encompasses a wide range of practice, research, and training issues. It outlines the process of integrating systems-of-care values into university-based training, underscores the need for competence in children’s mental health services, and includes the voices of adolescents and college students with early-onset mental disorders. Specific SED disorders and their evidence-based treatments are explored, including autism, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and suicidal behavior. 

The focus then shifts to systems of care, where home-based treatment is addressed, as well as collaborative models for working with families that have a child diagnosed with SED. Also included are discussions of school-based intensive mental health treatment and the role of the primary health care system in SED, as well as empirically supported family- and community-based interventions contributed by leading researchers and clinicians in the field. 

The future holds great hope as well as tremendous challenges for children’s mental health. This important work is a must for all professionals who work with children and adolescents and wish to advance the progress of care. 



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