Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

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Barbara Geller, Melissa P. DelBello
Guilford Press, 2008 - Medical - 418 pages
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Recent advances in evidence-based treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder are comprehensively reviewed in this authoritative volume. The prominent editors and contributors examine the current status of widely used medications and psychosocial therapies, as well as exploring new horizons in tailoring treatment to individuals' neurobiological and clinical profiles. Chapters on specific populations discuss strategies for addressing common co-occurring disorders in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, treating preschoolers, targeting bipolar depression, and improving early intervention and prevention. Other essential topics include medication side effects and approaches to monitoring and ameliorating them, and ethical issues related to treatment and research.

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Barbara Geller, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. An internationally recognized researcher for studies of child and adolescent bipolar disorders, Dr. Geller is principal investigator on multiple National Institute of Mental Health-funded projects. Dr. Geller earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and completed her residency and fellowship at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. She has served on numerous federal advisory committees, editorial boards, and advocacy group scientific advisory boards. Among her awards are the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Nathan Cummings Special Research Award and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Widely published, Dr. Geller has written more than 125 articles on diagnostic characteristics, phenomenology, longitudinal course, family psychopathology, molecular genetics, and pharmacological treatment of pediatric manic-depressive disorders.


Melissa P. DelBello, MD, MS, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Clinical Research, and Codirector of the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is also Director, Research Education and Training, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. DelBello earned her medical degree with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. DelBello is the author or coauthor of over 100 journal articles or chapters, and her primary research interests include neuropharmacology and neurodevelopment of pediatric bipolar disorder.

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