About Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Support for Parents
Childhood is a window of opportunity in which parents have the chance to provide treatment that may profoundly benefit their children’s development and save their children’s lives. When your child becomes a legal adult, state laws on privacy and individual rights may exclude you from participating in treatment decisions and from talking with the professionals who treat your child. Help establish now as firm a foundation as possible for your child to reach adulthood and be able to make sound independent judgments.
We know that learning and confronting that one's child has bipolar disorder is traumatic and often follows an extended period of instability, school difficulties, and damaged relationships with family and friends. More positively, however, diagnosis can and should be a turning point for everyone concerned. Once the illness is identified, energies can be directed toward treatment, education, and developing coping strategies. Proper treatment can minimize the adverse effects of the illness on your child and the lives of those who love your child.
We hope this article, and the rest of the The Balanced Mind Foundation Web site, will save you precious time and help you make the many decisions you face as parents so that your children achieve stability, gain the best possible level of wellness, and grow up to enjoy their gifts and build upon their strengths.
© The Balanced Mind Foundation, 2007, 2010
About BP was produced by Martha Hellander (J.D.), Sheila McDonald (J.D.), Lisa Pedersen (M.A.), and Susan Resko (M.M.) all of whom have been there.
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