- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572308710
- ISBN-13: 978-1572308718
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder 1st Edition
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"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
About the Author
Jill S. Goldberg Arnold, PhD, is a researcher and seasoned clinician with multiple publications in the area of childhood mood disorders. Previously, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University. She currently maintains a private practice in the greater Philadelphia area.
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Intended Audience: This book is intended for parents of children who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. The first few chapters discuss how to discern whether your child may have symptoms of these disorders, but after that the book is only for parents whose kids have one of these diagnoses.
Authors: Dr. Mary Fristad is a well-known researcher on childhood depression, suicide, and bipolar disorder. According to her bio, she's published over 150 articles and book chapters on these topics! Dr. Goldberg Arnold is in private practice (like me!) and she specializes in childhood mood disorders.
Summary: This book is divided into four parts:
1. Understanding your child's problems. This section covers what symptoms look like, the causes of depression and bipolar disorder, and how to get a good evaluation and diagnosis.
2. Treatment. This section describes the different types of treatment available and focuses primarily on medication and therapy.
Helping your child cope. This is my favorite section. It describes many concrete ways to help your child deal with their symptoms at home and at school.
3. Helping your family live with a mood disorder. This is a very brief section that discusses how to take care of yourself and your other kids when you have a child with a mood disorder.
4. Helpfulness: I think this book would be very helpful for any parent who has a child with depression or bipolar disorder. This book would be ideal for parents with children who have recently received this diagnosis and aren't sure what to do next. I especially like the section on coping skills, because it closely aligns with the techniques I use in my practice. I definitely base some of my strategies off of these authors' suggestions.
Readability: The authors use a clinical, matter-of-fact "voice" that's easy to read and understandable. They do a great job of explaining everything in terms that anyone can understand and use multiple visuals as well.
Critiques: This book was published in 2004, so some of the information about treatment and medications is outdated. I would definitely choose a more recent book if the most current information is what you're looking for.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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It also described how people have adjusted to and accepted the mood swings their children go thru...Read more