Audience: Educators

The Balanced Mind Parent Network Audited 2007 Financial Report

The Balanced Mind Parent Network's 2007 Audited Financial Statements

The Balanced Mind Parent Network 2007 Audited Financials

The Balanced Mind Parent Network 2007 Audited Financials

The Balanced Mind Parent Network Offers Web Site and Award-Winning Video Reach Out to Teens, Encourage Treatment

WILMETTE, IL -- The The Balanced Mind Parent Network, an advocacy organization providing education and support for families, has acquired, an educational site for teens, their parents, and teachers. The site appeals directly to teen audiences, to help them recognize signs of depressive disorders, communicate openly, and seek treatment. It presents information about teen depression and bipolar disorder, and encourages reflection and discussion among young people watching the award-winning film Day for Night: Recognizing Teenage Depression. The Balanced Mind Parent Network will also distribute a DVD of the 30-minute film.

ADHD and Bipolar Disorder in Teens: Cognitive Effects

Many patients with adolescent-onset bipolar disorder have comorbid ADHD. The presence of both disorders challenges clinicians attempting to discern whether neuropsychological impairments are related to ADHD or to bipolar disorder.

Is It Bipolar or Unipolar Depression?

This is an article by Sheila McDonald, which appeared in The Balanced Mind Parent Network's eNews.  Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, is marked by cycles of mania and depression. Many of our children present signs with symptoms of mania and are misdiagnosed with ADHD. On the other hand, many of our children evidence their first signs of the disorder through extreme depression.

Bipolar Disorder: An Historical Perspective

This document offers a timeline of our understanding of bipolar disorder.

Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder

by M. Katherine Shear, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Director, Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

Anxiety is a normal part of everyday life. Anxiety acts as a signal which motivates us to improve performance and alerts us to impending dangers. Yet anxiety can get out of hand. When this happens, the normal warning signal mechanism of anxiety becomes a psychiatric symptom.

The First IEP Meeting

The first meeting with the school to discuss your child’s diagnosis and needs can be stressful and difficult. This article outlines the essential elements to increase the liklihood of a successful school meeting.

Key Educational Staff and Their Roles

The best advocates understand collaboration.  They know that working with others sometimes means compromising, finding alternative solutions, and accepting group decisions.  In your interaction with the school system, you will be working with an array of educators and administrators.  To be most effective, you should understand the roles of the various school system personnel who influence your child’s educational experience.

Mastering the IEP Process

To become an effective advocate for your child, you must understand the eight-step process that is required under IDEA.  Certain activities must be completed at each step in order to obtain and implement an appropriate Individual Education Program (IEP) for your child.


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