Depressive and Bipolar Disorder Resources

Depressive Disorders
Bipolar - Child


Depressive Disorders

Shock Therapy as a Treatment for Depression
A personal story tracing a lifetime plagued by depression in which nothing was helping.  This article explains how shock therapy became the saving treatment.
Antidepressant Medications for Children and Adolescents
Article from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) regarding medication information for parents and caregivers.

Bipolar Disorder

My Adventures in Psychopharmacology
This candid article follows the route through multiple diagnoses and different prescriptions for a young girl throughout her life.  It's a difficult process, but she is finally diagnosed properly with bipolar disorder and thus given the correct medication. 

Bipolar Central
A one-stop source for information on Bipolar Disorder.
New Hope For People With Bipolar Disorder by Jan Fawcett et al.
This book dispels the myths and fears surrounding bipolar disorder. It offers compassionate, practical, and immediate guidance for anyone affected by this disorder.
 McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web
A site created and run by a man with bipolar disorder.  Contains multiple engaging articles and resources.
 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
(DBSA) is the nation's leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses & depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand.
 Bipolar Network News 
This web site is intended to provide patients, families, physicians, researchers, and all others interested in bipolar disorder a primary source for learning about the latest research and discoveries in bipolar disorder.
 Bipolar and Creativity
A 2002 article that highlights a link between creative genius and mental illness, as established by Stanford researchers.
 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
The definitive organization for mental health advocacy.

Bipolar Disorder in Children

Why is it so Difficult to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder in Children?
From the Bipolar Child Newsletter, this article highlights why it is so difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder in children, along with how the diagnosis is established.
24: A Day in the Life of Bipolar Children and Their Families
From Papolos Productions, filmed live at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA at the dbh Neuroscience Seminars' Juvenile-Onset Bipolar Disorder symposium.  Delivered with the compassion and humor her audiences have come to expect, Janice Papolos (co-author of the international bestseller, "The Bipolar Child," now in its 3rd edition) paints a revealing picture of a day in the life of children and adolescents suffering with bipolar disorder, and of those who love them.  DVD and CD formats available.
Bipolar Mood Charts
Mood charts are a self-tracking tool for monitoring your moods and other important health aspects. Printable versions.
The Balanced Mind Parent Network
Intense Minds by Tracy Anglada
Intense Minds is a stunning picture of the internal experience of young people with bipolar disorder as relayed in their own words.
Bipolar Disorders: A Guide To Helping Children and Adolescents 
by Mitzi Waltz
Covers the range of topics parents need to know in order to help their children, such as: diagnosis and common misdiagnoses, family life, support, safety and how to recognize and prevent mood swings, medications, therapeutic interventions, insurance issues, and education, including how to work with school systems.
Our mission is to help the bipolar child and people in his/her world to understand more about bipolar disorder. Our books and booklets provide knowledge to the mind, courage to the heart and hope to the spirit. Please join us in erasing the stigma and easing the burden one child at a time.  
  Parenting Bipolar Children
What to do and Why - Gianni Faedda
Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
The leading charitable group of researchers involved in advancing professional knowledge of juvenile bipolar disorder.
The Bipolar Child by Demitri & Janice Papolos
The definitive work on childhood bipolar disorder, authored by Demitri & Janice Papolos, who have gained national attention by bringing this condition to the public's awareness.
The Wild Child: Coping with a Bipolar Youth
The Wild Child, a one-hour WFCR radio documentary produced by Karen Brown, follows Erin, Eric, and Athena, along with their parents, doctors, teachers, and advocates, as they navigate puberty and adolescence with a serious mood disorder.  An audio link is provided on the site.