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Raising a moody child : how to cope with depression and bipolar disorder
Fristad, Mary A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [2004]

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xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
PART I: UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD'S PROBLEMS: Difficult, temperamental, impossible: the challenge of raising a moody child -- What's wrong with my child? -- Why my child? -- The first step in getting good treatment is getting a good evaluation -- PART II: TREATMENT: Getting the big picture -- What do medications offer? -- What should I expect from therapy? -- PART III: HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE: Ten principles for managing a mood disorder -- Coping skills for moody children -- Mood disorders in the school setting: what you need to know to help your child cope -- Crisis management -- PART IV: HELPING YOUR FAMILY LIVE WITH WITH A MOOD DISORDER: How mood disorders affect family life -- How can you help siblings? -- How can you take care of yourself.

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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 clinician and researcher Dr. Mary Fristad and fellow treatment expert Dr. Jill Goldberg Arnold, 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. Explained are why symptoms look so different (and can be so much harder to manage) in children and teens than in adults, how to find the right doctor or therapist, and how to help kids develop their own "coping toolkits." Bursting with practical tools, FAQs, and examples, the book covers everything from dealing with medical crises to resolving school problems, sibling conflicts, and marital stress.

Author Notes

Mary A. Fristad 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.

Table of Contents

I Understanding Your Child's Problems
1 Difficult, Temperamental, Impossible: The Challenge of Raising a Moody Child
2 What's Wrong with My Child?
3 Why My Child?
4 The First Step in Getting Good Treatment Is Getting a Good Evaluation
II Treatment
5 Getting the Big Picture
6 What Do Medications Offer?
7 What Should I Expect from Therapy?
III Helping Your Child Cope
8 Ten Principles for Managing a Mood Disorder
9 Coping Skills for Moody Children
10 Mood Disorders in the School Setting: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Cope
11 Crisis Management
IV Helping Your Family Live with a Mood Disorder
12 How Mood Disorders Affect Family Life
13 How Can You Help Siblings?
14 How to Take Care of Yourself