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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: BPChildren (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981739644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981739649
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracy (Dunham) Anglada was born and raised in Illinois. She graduated with honors from Hillsboro High School. Her awards and recognition include: the Presidential Academic Fitness Award, the National Science Olympiad Award, and induction into the National Honor Society. After high school, she volunteered full time in a community service Bible educational work for three years. Later Tracy would study writing for a short time with the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her studies were halted after the birth of her son. It would be this child’s medical condition that prompted her to return to the field of literature. Tracy currently resides in Florida with her husband and four children. Her previous literary works include Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder, Turbo Max: A Story for Siblings of Children with Bipolar Disorder, The Student with Bipolar Disorder: An Educators Guide, Questions Kids Have About Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, and Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (DVD presentation). Tracy is a mental health advocate and President of BPChildren. She is a current member of the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the STARFISH Advocacy Association. Tracy can be contacted via her website, www.bpchildren.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tracy Anglada is an award-winning mental health writer and the founder and Executive Director of BPChildren. Anglada's books have been recommended as resources by Harvard Graduate School of Education, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, The Juvenile Research Bipolar Foundation, BPMagazine, Scholastic Online, Canadian Mental Health Association, Children's Physician Network, Children's Mercy Hospital, The International Society for Bipolar Disorders, and many more.

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She has really enjoyed reading about someone who is like herself.
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As a parent of a child with bipolar disorder, and a health care professional, I strongly urge everyone who interacts with these children to read this book.
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Maybe it's their love and dedication and intelligence and optimism in the face of circumstances that would leave anyone else embittered and demoralized.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John McManamy on February 27, 2007
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Parents of bipolar kids are among my favorite people. Despite the terrible illness that brings us together, I always manage to part company on a feel-good note. Maybe it's their love and dedication and intelligence and optimism in the face of circumstances that would leave anyone else embittered and demoralized. Maybe it's their sixth sense for projecting the kind of empathy that can't be faked.

One of these individuals is Tracy Anglada, whom I met last summer at a conference in Stockton, CA that featured Dr Papolos and Janice Papolos. I was there in a dual role as a reporter for this Newsletter and to work up a pre-publication buzz for my soon-to-be-released book. The organizers of the conference kindly allowed me a table to exhibit my wares. One of my fellow exhibitors was Tracy, and we found lots of time to talk.

Tracy is a Florida mom who started up her own organization, BPChildren, dedicated to helping young people and adults understand more about pediatric bipolar. She is the author of "Intense Minds: Through the Eyes of Young People with Bipolar Disorder."

One quick look at the opening paragraphs, and you will drop everything you're doing:

"A broad smile spread across my son's face. His eyes shone brightly and he turned to me to share his good news. What was the cause of excitement for my 6-year-old son? We were at a meeting, and the speaker was describing the horrible plight of the Biblical man Job.

"'Job was so sick, he wanted to die,' said the speaker.

"What was my son's good news in response to that statement? Two simple words: "Like me!" He had finally found someone he could relate to, someone else who wanted to die. It was comforting for him to know he was not alone. It was no comfort to me.
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This is a must read book for every parent, educator, family member and friend of a child with pediatric bipolar disorder in order to bring understanding, awareness and acceptance of the individual."

With attention to detail and Ms. Anglada's exceptional literary skill the reader who is not personally affected by bipolar disorder is able to walk a few steps in the shoes of another.

Thank you Ms. Anglada for providing me as a parent the opportunity to walk for a minute in my child's shoes!! Mother of a 15 year old child with bipolar disorder
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lilianne R. Escovedo on January 11, 2007
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I found this book to be valuable in that it helped me get a better perspective on what it feels like to the child/youth experiencing shifts in mood states over time. I had not seen another book like it, and was very interested in what kids themselves had to say about bi-polar disorder. Even as a parent of an EOBP child, after reading through this book I realized I had not fully considered how he processed his disorder internally - both prior to as well as post dx. The narratives represented here are in the kids own words, with brief summaries and segues between topics provided by the author. There is very little disorder overview or treatment commentary. The experiences cover a wide spectrum of experiences in this often misunderstood, misdiagnosed disorder. There is no uniform experience of bipolar disorder, despite overlapping symptomologies.

It is difficult enough to get an accurate diagnosis for a child/youth with bipolar disorder. Gaining greater insight into what the child thinks about their own cycling (because they are not likely telling you) is incredibly valuable. After reading this book I had a much better idea of what kids go through as well as what works/what doesn't as far as day-to-day management, and why. It definitely boosted my compassion quotient. I recommend this book to anyone who works with or parents a bi-polar child.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane on July 18, 2006
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I really, really love this book. As I was reading, I thought of many people I would like to share it with. Even after living with this disease for 5 years, I still found much to learn. I saw my kids, and I caught a glimmer of what they must be experiencing, but cannot express in words. Thank you so much for writing it. .....Mother of two children with bipolar disorder
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Danny Dunham on July 12, 2006
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"It's been said that 98% of the problem is realizing there is one. Intense Minds is a crash course in understanding the illness with a message of hope and compassion for children suffering with bipolar disorder."

Thank You, a Grandfather of bipolar children
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Schwarz on July 16, 2006
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If you have ever wondered what it must be like to be a child with Bi-polar disorder then you must read Intense Minds. It offers an insight to such a depth of feeling, that it is hard to look at these children the same way ever again. I hope that anyone who has any contact with such a child would read this book and understand the chaos reigning in such a small place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LLPNP on September 9, 2007
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As a parent of a child with bipolar disorder, and a health care professional, I strongly urge everyone who interacts with these children to read this book. It is the only one I know of that explains the disease through the eyes, ears and feelings of the child or adolescent. It gave me insights I never could have obtained through medical literature, or even from my own child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CoverDesignStudio on October 10, 2008
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This book examines the minds of young people with Bipolar Disorder. The author's presentation is so much more than a description of symptoms often used to make a diagnosis. Anglada delves into the minds, thoughts, and feelings of these kids through interviews where the children provide honest, unfiltered accounts of the way they experience the world.

The individual descriptions of such intense childhood experiences, each originating from a child's mind, left me with a deeper and more profound understanding of what these children go through in their day to day lives.

This is book is a gift to anyone seeking to understand Bipolar Disorder from the perspective of the sufferer. Five Stars.
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