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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211138
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A child psychiatrist with 25 years of clinical experience, Greenberg specializes in juvenile bipolar disorder, a condition that affects an estimated half million children in the U.S. Greenberg explains that bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed in children as such other disorders as ADHD or OCD; the "diagnostic morass" is further complicated by the fact that many bipolar kids also suffer from these very conditions or others such as autism or Asperger's syndrome. When bipolar disorder "rides sidesaddle" with other disorders, the wrong diagnosis can result. Fortunately, scientists are learning more about the disorder, and with this book in hand parents will also become more aware of the intricacies of this complex condition. Greenberg walks parents through a multitude of "hidden symptoms," including impulsivity, difficulty waking up, nightmares, anxiety, hypersexuality, carb cravings and sinus infections. Although in and of themselves these clues don't herald the condition, they are among the many fascinating links to pediatric bipolar disorder that Greenberg explores through current research and her own clinical experience. Along with examining the challenges, the author celebrates the bipolar child's creativity, sensitivity, and ability to "think outside the box." She also stresses the importance of listening to bipolar children, revealing that their self-observations can often be key in proper treatment. (Mar.)
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LifeCoachBuzz.com, 10/30/08
“Greenberg offers parents and professionals alike an innovative approach to help bipolar youngsters locate that elusive inner calm…A masterful book that recognizes the brilliance and creativity in bipolar kids, it will give hope that every child can, with the proper interventions, lead a full, productive life.”
 
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, May 2011
“A very readable book and is quite well written for a general audience. Greenberg provides many real-life cases to illustrate her topics and concepts. She also describes medical terms and medications in ways that nonphysicians can understand."
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I highly recommend this book as a resource.
Michele Soloway
What makes this book so very different from the rest, is the way it is written to provide comfort as well as information.
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As parents of a child with bipolar disorder, we applaud Dr. Greenberg on her book Bipolar Kids.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Moreno on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read a few books on bipolar kids but this is the first book that explains everything in a simple, easy to read way. It's the first time that I can take terms from a book & actually translate them to real life examples. It is helping me to look at things from a different perspective & to more clearly understand certain behaviors.

I have other books on bipolar disorder & I use them like textbooks..they sit on the shelf till I want to look something up. This is the first book that I carry around to read & then actually try to apply what I've read.

This is a great first book if you are just starting to inform yourself about the bipolar disorder, or like me want to better understand the behavior of bipolar kids.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Zukoff on May 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I laughed and I cried when I read this marvelous book by Dr. Rosalie Greenberg. You see, my son has been a patient of hers for 11 years during which time the possibility of diagnosing a child with Bipolar Syndrome emerged in the psychiatric world. She figured it out and then we worked together to help him. This book is the story of our family and those of the multitude of families who have been helped by Dr. Greenberg. I only wish this information had been available when my son first became ill. Now, he is 15, and an amazing, stable, productive, creative and compassionate human being. Thanks to Dr. Greenberg and to our partnership, he has been able to meet his potential. Read this book. It can change your world!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Mahieu on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was happy to find a book that addressed the unique situation of having a child who has more than one diagnosis. Our son has both high functioning autism and pediatric bipolar disorder, and until I read BIPOLAR KIDS, I never really understood how it all worked together.

His psychiatrist has been trying many of the medications discussed in Dr. Greenberg's book, which now will become a great a reference tool for whenever changes have to be made. The book also includes many forms of therapy inwhich our son has been involved over the years. Now I have a better appreciation of why different therapies worked at different ages and what might be available for him in the future.

Although she is a psychiatrist, Dr. Greenberg does offer some advice on how to make sure that your child is getting all that he or she is entitled to in school. She offers advice for teachers, school counselors, nurses, or anyone else who comes in contact with kids like our's throughout the day.

It is also comforting to know that we are not alone as parents. Reading BIPOLAR KIDS showed me that other parents have encountered many of the same problems and triumphs we have. My husband and I are extremely proud of our son's artistic ability. He studied many forms of dance for eight years before he "retired," but has been seriously and successfully studying water colors for the last two years. We had to wonder where this talent came from because neither of us can paint.

We were amazed and amused when we learned in BIPOLAR KIDS that our son was not alone. There are stories of many famous people throughout history who were either bipolar or who later were thought to have been bipolar.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janet Riehl on April 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Bipolar Kids" by Rosalie Greenberg, M.D. is simply the best book I've ever read about Bipolar condition, period. With clarity, compassion, and commonsense, Dr. Greenberg tells us what she's learned during her decades of clinical practice with her "kids." She tells this story with so much warmth and helpful, detailed tips that "Bipolar Kids" is bound to become a classic in its field.

--Janet Grace Riehl, author Sightlines: A Poet's Diary
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T Pyne on March 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book for parents, grandparents, teachers or anyone wanting insight on this misunderstood illness. Whether you are starting the search for information or you have been in the midst of the "Mood Storm" for years this book is worth reading!! Dr. Greenberg validates, in an easy to read way, what it's like to live with Bipolar Disorder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom from New Jersey on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As parents of a child with bipolar disorder, we applaud Dr. Greenberg on her book Bipolar Kids. Throughout the years we have read many books on the subject but this is by far the best!!!

The book provides important information but does so in a readable and usable form. It provides very practical suggestions. What this book does, that no other book has done is to provide us with hope that our child can succeed in life. She talks about children with real life examples-I can see my son and our family in some of the vignettes.

I am going to give copies of the book to my child's teacher and to his grandparents.

What a wonderful book!! Thank you so much!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JM on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is incredible how accurately Dr. Greeberg has captured the feelings and frustrations of a bipolar child and his family. Finally, someone who really understands!! Her positive attitude and approach has given us real hope and much needed encouragement in dealing with this difficult condition. Thank you Dr. Greenberg! A Grateful Parent
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele Soloway on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent resource for any parent of a child with bipolar disorder, as there are so few resources out there. It is comprehensive, easy to understand, up-to-date, and very informative, approaching topics relevant to parents struggles with issues applying to their bipolar child. An especially important chapter is the one on medications, and the fact that he goes over each one specifically. Another major problem that parents face is "Is it bipolar disorder or something else?" Too many children have been misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder (manic) when it is just ADHD, and this book addresses that, as well as other disorders of misdiagnosis. The main thing is that this book shows parents how to traverse the peaks and valleys of their child's wild bipolar mood swings, with practical advice and illustrative examples that any parent can follow. I especially like the part at the end called "Real Life, Real Answers." I highly recommend this book as a resource.
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