Introduction: `I'm so sad. I'm so sad!' The inner experience of the child with Bipolar Disorder. Part One: Bipolar Disorder in Children. Dealing with sudden rage, aggressive depression, oppositionality and crazy thinking. 1. The Warrior: How to identify the presence of Bipolar Disorder in Children. 2. The brain chemistry of Bipolar Disorder and the drugs used to treat it. 3. Martha's story: Understanding and managing rage in children with Bipolar Disorder. 4. Tom's story: Charting a change strategy for a teen with Bipolar Disorder. 5. Compassion makes a big difference: The empathy factor in children with Bipolar Disorder. 6. Innovative non-pharmacological treatment approaches for Bipolar Disorder, ADD and depression in children. Part Two: Asperger's Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder in Teens. Managing inertia, school resistance, stimulus craving and lack of common sense. 7. The Hermit: Asperger's Disorder - Helping the brilliant, anxious and oppositional child find his way and express his gifts. 8. Sean's Case: Helping a child with dual diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome. Part Three: Soothing the hurt of Tourette Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder. 9. Tourette Syndrome: The wild heart of the Restless Explorer. 10. A shoulder to scream on: How to help children living with the fiery extremes of comorbid Tourette Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder. Part Four: ADHD at Its Extremes. 11. A matter of degree: How to know the difference between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. Part Five: Hard Decisions. 12. How to choose the best physician, therapist and teacher for the child with Bipolar-like learning issues. 13. The hardest decisions: How to decide if police involvement or psychiatric hospitalisation are necessary and how to make these actions part of your healing plan. Conclusion: When all is said and done: Six keys to personal wellness for families of children with Bipolar Disorder. Appendix 1: Online resources. References. Index.
George Lynn is a Certified Medical Health Counselor who has pioneered the use of psychotherapy for adults and children with neuropsychological issues. When his son was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 1991, he realized that personality can be powerfully impacted by brain chemistry independent of environment. He now works with children and adults with ADD, Tourette Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome. He is the author of Survival Strategies for Parenting your ADD Child: Dealing with Obsessions, Compulsions, Depression, Explosive Behaviour and Rage, published by Underwood Books.