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Childhood Bipolar Resources

I haven't seen any tips on childhood bipolar disorder on this site, so let me be the first to add one.  I've created a list on online resources as well as a few books on the topic of childhood bipolar disorder.  My son has bipolar disorder and I have found these resources very helpful in our journey.


Georgia Childhood Bipolar Foundation: (has mood charts)

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation: (a good article on what pediatric bipolar disorder is).  This also has open forums and support groups.  There's also a great brochure to give to school on "Educating the Child with Bipolar Disorder).

Bipolar Child: by Demetri and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child (the guidebook for childhood bipolar - sited below)

Wikipedia: (good resources)Our BP Kids: a yahoo group for parents of children with bioplar. It has many resources on natural treatments for the disorder, but the group is open to those who treat with traditional medicineBipolar Parents: another yahoo group. This one seems to have more people treating traditionally, but both groups are good.

Starfish Advocacy:    a great site for education and other resources


The Bipolar Child book by Demetri and Janice Papolos (3rd Editon - 2007) Type in "The Bipolar Child"

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (2005) by Dr. Ross Greene type in "The Explosive Child"

More resources added by another mom of a child with bioplar:

About Juvenile Onset Bipolar Disorder
National Alliance on Mental illness
Educating advice:
Helping Children with Early Onset Bipolar to Learn: A guide for teachers
For Your Child's Teacher What a Teacher Should Know About Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teen
Accomodating Students with Mood Lability Depression and BP: Tells about accomodations that children with BP may need in school
IEP/504 information, SPED laws and regulations
Special education information and more
Some original books written for children that have BP and more.   
Books for children with BP:
Anger Mountain by Bryna Hebert
Brandon and the Bipolar Bear by Tracy Anglada
My Bipolar RollerCoaster Feeling Book and Workbook by Bryna Hebert
I'll Chart my mood for 31 days
For Parents:
The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child A Survival Guide for Parents by Judith Lederman and Candida Fink MD.
The Life of a Bipolar Child by Tracy Carlson
Bipolar Kids Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm by Rosalie Greenberg MD.
The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Bipolar Disorder by William Stillman
Intense Minds by Tracy Angalda

Just a note: Childhood and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation has changed it's name to The Balanced Mind Foundation. You can still get there by using the link above ( It still has open forums (free) and tons of information on both childhood bipolar and other mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
June B.
THANK YOU< for taking the time to put this terrific sites together, My family has Bi-polar and this is helpful
So glad that people are able to use these tips! I added some more resources from an online friend who is a parent of a child with bipolar as well.
Brenda H.
Being a parent of a young adult that was identified as a child with Bipolar disorder and a Special Education teacher, I am so very glad to see these resources that I can share with family, friends, and my students' parents. Thank you so much for your time in putting this together.
Debbie M.
These sites are really great. I appreciate you taking the time to put these resources up for us. Thank you!
Thank you. I'm so glad so many people are zipping this! Good to know I can help with my experiences.
Kim D.
Being a therapist who works with families struggling with issues like this, I am very thankful that someone put these resources together....and these books are a very good resource!!
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