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What Can I Do To Help My Child?
You and your family will benefit by learning as much as possible about how to live with bipolar disorder. Read books, attend lectures, talk to health professionals, and consider joining a parent group for information, support, and guidance.
Your child can reduce the minor mood swings and stresses that sometimes lead to more severe episodes by adhering to the following:
Regardless of scheduled appointments or blood tests, call your doctor if your teen exhibits the following:
It is very important to learn the warning signs of suicide. Take any threats your child makes very seriously. Confidentiality is important but does not stack up against the risk of suicide. Call 911 or a hospital emergency room if the situation becomes desperate. Encourage your child to realize that suicidal thinking is a symptom of the illness. Tell your child that you love him and that you would be devastated if anything tragic happened.
Psychotherapy can play an important role in reducing the stresses that can trigger manic and depressive episodes. Psychotherapy is much more likely to be helpful for depression than mania, since individuals in a manic phase often have trouble retaining what they learn.
It will be up to your child to get the most out of psychotherapy by being open and honest, keeping appointments, and doing whatever homework is assigned as part of the therapy.
Many teens, however, are resistant to therapy and refuse to be an active participant in treatment. In such cases, residential therapeutic treatment may be recommended.
Practical Help, Real Answers
for Adoptive & Foster Parents
by David J. Miklowitz
Like no other resource available, this powerful book delivers practical ways to manage chaos and relieve stress so everyone in your family -- including siblings -- can find stability, support, and peace of mind.
by Julie A Fast and John Preston
This book offers a unique, personalized approach that teaches people with bipolar disorder and their loved ones to manage the illness and achieve daily stability. The authors' program combines medication and supplements, lifestyle changes, behavior modifications, and other indispensable management tools.
MDF The Bipolar Organization ~ This UK organization provides information, self-help groups, training programs, online message board, and legal advice line for employment, benefits, and debt issues.
people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and other related disorders.
Patty Duke's Online Center for Mental Wellness ~ Information and resources on mental health issues, especially bipolar disorder, from one of America's great actresses and mental health advocates.
Pendulum.org ~ Resource of information and support -- including discussion forums -- for those with bipolar disorder and their family and friends.
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