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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Parents, Educators & Service Providers, January 13, 2000
This review is from: The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder (Hardcover)
This exceptional book is an in-depth, yet easy-to-read, "bible" on early-onset (childhood) bipolar disorder. It covers every aspect of this devastating and misunderstood illness--from genetics, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment/medications to impact on the family, educational implications, and insurance. Throughout the book, there are detailed, personal accounts (provided by parents of bipolar children) that shed light on the "everyday" lives of children with this illness. These accounts complement the more technical, medical discussions, making it easy for the layman to fully grasp all aspects of the illness.
The sections that that describe the differences between adult bipolar disorder and early-onset bipolar disorder are particularly impressive. The sections on other diagnostic categories (such as ADHD which is frequently a "misdiagnosis" with tragic results) are equally impressive.
In short, this book ought to be "required" reading for everyone involved in the life of a bipolar child, including parents, relatives, teachers, therapists, and doctors. As the parent of a child diagnosed ten years ago at age five with bipolar disorder, I can say with confidence that this book more than lives up to its subtitle, "The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder." It is a medical reference book, parent handbook, educational planning book, treatment roadmap, and book of hope--all rolled into one!
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