Understanding the illness  Educating the child, adolescent, family, and school personnel about BiPolar Disorder make living with this mental illness a much more manageable experience. Understanding BiPolar Diorder enables the family and school to respond to the child or adolescent in a productive fashion. Children and teens who understand the impact of their disorder on others…



Diagnosing BiPolar Disorder in children and teens can be complex, at best. In children, the symptoms can include mood swings, destructive behavior, physical outbursts or temper tantrums, immature behavior, sleep problems, oppositional behavior, risky behavior, early sexual behavior, and distorted thinking. It has also been noted by Papolos and Papolos that children with BiPolar disorder…



The power of information is a tremendous thing to have. Children who are depressed feel hopeless and their life will not change. Just having the knowledge that personalities can change appears to benefit children who are depressed. For more information, click here.



Depression in children is an extremely disturbing condition. Several studies report that up to 2.5% of children and up to 8.3% of adolescents in the United States struggle with depression (Statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health). Recognizing the symptoms of depression in children can pose a problem because depression may look like a…



The behaviorally Challenged child ∙ Avoid comparing your children with each other. Each child is unique in his/her own way. ∙ Identify and understand the unique limits and strengths of each child. ∙ Try to see the humor in things. ∙ Dwell on positives not failures. ∙ Try to start the day off with a…



Answer by Mark Myers: Selective Mutism, as you may well know, is predominately found in children. However, some adults do experience it as well. This disorder is characterized by  a person persistently failing to speak in select settings, which continues for more than 1 month. These individuals do talk to other people, usually family members….



1. Catch your child exerting self-control and reward him or her with positives “Great job!” “You rock!” “I really like the way you…” “You should be proud of yourself for the way you…” Make behaving appropriately a positive experience…one that your child will want to repeat. 2. Anticipate trouble zones. Are there predictable times when…



Concerns about Stigma Undermine ADHD Treatment for Adolescents Because ADHD frequently persists into adolescence, and continues to undermine teens’ academic and social functioning, most adolescents continue to need treatment. However, as issues of self-direction and autonomy become more important for teens, resistance to treatment for ADHD – medication or otherwise – frequently intensifies and many…



Parents’ joy in their children can sometimes turn to frustration when those children refuse to sleep in their own beds. There’s even a name for the behavior. Experts call it co-sleeping — when children prefer to sleep in their parents’ bed. Some parents are too embarrassed to admit their children sleep in their beds with…



 It can also put an incredible strain on one that’s not ready for the challenges that come with raising a child. You have to ask yourself: how will a baby affect your finances, your spare time and your future goals?The decision to have a baby is a huge one for couples—it can make a strong…