Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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Guilford Press, 2004 - Psychology - 260 pages
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Every day can be an ordeal for families struggling with the difficult, moody, "impossible" behavior that may point to childhood depression or bipolar disorder. Effective help for kids does exist, but it often requires a customized combination of medication, therapy, coping skills, and support. From esteemed professionals, this indispensable book explains how treatment works and what additional steps parents can take at home to help children with mood disorders--and the family as a whole--improve the quality of their lives.
 

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Contents

Difficult Temperamental Impossible The Challenge of Raising a Moody Child
3
Whats Wrong with My Child?
15
Why My Child?
50
The First Step in Getting Good Treatment Is Getting a Good Evaluation
60
TREATMENT
97
Getting the Big Picture
99
What Do Medications Offer?
119
What Should I Expect from Therapy?
140
Mood Disorders in the School Setting What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Cope
190
Crisis Management
214
HELPING YOUR FAMILY LIVE WITH A MOOD DISORDER
223
How Mood Disorders Affect Family Life
225
How Can You Help Siblings?
233
How to Take Care of Yourself
241
Resources
249
References
253

HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE
159
Ten Principles for Managing a Mood Disorder
161
Coping Skills for Moody Children
176

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About the author (2004)

Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Ohio State University, where she is also Director of Research and Psychological Services in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A distinguished researcher and clinician, she has published over 100 professional articles, chapters, and books on childhood mood disorders.

Jill S. Goldberg Arnold, PhD, is a researcher and seasoned clinician with multiple publications in the area of childhood mood disorders. Previously, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University. She currently maintains a private practice in the greater Philadelphia area.

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