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10 Helpful Books About Bipolar Disorder

Reading about bipolar disorder can help. Here are 10 books for anyone interested in the topic.   View slideshow

How to Get Your Depressed or Bipolar Child an Accurate Diagnosis

A flurry of news reports and articles on the growing number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder and other mental health illnesses has many parents in a panic.  Read More

Debi Mazar: How to Cope When a Family Member Has Bipolar Disorder

Entourage actress Debi Mazar shares her story and tips for supporting an extended family member fighting mental illness.
Entourage actress Debi Mazar shares her story and tips for supporting an extended family member fighting mental illness.  Read More

How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

If you're involved with someone with bipolar disorder, the romantic relationship may be exciting, exhausting, and stressful. But it will rarely be easy, especially if the object of your affection doesn't comply fully with treatment.  Read More

Bipolar News: Children May Not Outgrow Disorder

About 44% of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder continue to have symptoms of the psychiatric disease in adulthood, according to the first study to follow such children over time.  Read more


Mani Pavuluri, MD, Explains How to Help Your Bipolar Child

 Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders program, University of Illinois
Q: What symptoms signal that my child may have bipolar depression?

A: First, look for severe mood swings. Then determine, through close observation, if the child is behaving in a manner that is out of character—switching from being depressed or normal to very excitable, displaying extreme irritation and not requiring sleep, exhibiting abnormally high energy. Bipolar disorder is a mood disturbance characterized by cycling episodes of mania and depression that are peppered with irritability and aggression, decreased need for sleep, constant talking, and even hypersexuality. So when you suspect that, based on these symptoms, something serious is going on, you must take your child to a psychiatrist or psychologist. In the general population, between 1% to 3% of children suffer from bipolar disorder. Read More