Tag: children

The NIMH Child Life Mood Chart

Chart used to help track mood changes in children.


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Supplemental Social Security Income

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) offers social security benefits for eligible children. Disabled children who have limited income and resources, or who come from homes with limited income and resources, may be eligible to receive social security, or specifically, Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Children can qualify if they meet SSA's definition of disability and if their income and assets fall within eligibility limits.

Misunderstood Minds - Newspaper Article

This is a newspaper article regarding the misdiagnosis of  children and adolescents suffering from Bipolar Disorder is addressed. Experts in the field report that most psychiatrists and pediatricians do not recognize bipolar symptoms in children.  Sheila McDonald, former The Balanced Mind Parent Network President, is quoted.

Relapse and Grief

Inspirational article acknowledging the difficulty of watching children encounter relapses in their fight against bipolar disorder.


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Medication-Induced Mania - Ethical Issues and the Need for More Research

Editorial by The Balanced Mind Parent Network Director Martha Hellander discussing the use of medication in treating children diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


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Back to School for Psychotropics

Nursing Spectrum. December 15, 2003. Article written by Wendy Bonifazi, RN, CLS, APN. This article looks at some of the issues surrounding the use of (often off-label and untested) psychotropic drugs for children and adolescents as well as the role of psychiatric nurses. Copyright 2003. Nursing Spectrum Nurse Wire (http://www.nursingspectrum.com/). All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Statement on Unmet Needs in Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood Disorders in Children

The 36-member Consensus Development Panel consisted of experts in child/adolescent or adult psychiatry and psychology, pediatrics, and mental health advocacy. The panel met to focus attention on the unmet needs of children and adolescents with mood disorders and to make recommendations for future research and allocation of healthcare resources. 

Genetic Underpinnings of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

An interview with Dr. Kiki Chang about BP children with parents who have BP.  The article covers family history, symptoms and treatment.

ADHD with BP in Girls Further Evidence for Familial Subtype

Talks about the occurance of Bipolar Disorder in girls with ADHD

Children With Bipolar Disorder

An exchange of letters published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38:5 (May 1999): 495-496.

Reprinted with permission of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Lipincott Williams & Wilkins, publishers.


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