Q:  Is there a book to help children with bipolar disorder?

Dear Dr. Phelps,

This is an excellent web site.  My question is: Is there a book that I can purchase that would help my daughter Lindsey(11) understand what bipolar is and advise her with coping skills so she live up to her full potential.  She is very artistic, loves to play the piano, and play soccer and basketball.She currently is in the the 6th grade with an IEP and Special Ed classes.  Her classification is EI(emotionally impaired). We have a great network of support for her.  Her therapist comes to our home 2x wkly and 1x at school. Her teachers at school are very intune with her. She has a good IQ. She does have a difficlut making friends.  As you know, children can be quite cruel when they know that someone is different from them.  If you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it.  I also belong to a web list for parents with children that have bipolar.

Thank your you for your kind attention in this matter.



Dear Kathi -- 
I'm sorry to say that this question is just a bit outside my expertise.  We're going to look for a child psychiatrist to help out on this website, with questions such as yours, but for now I'd say you have done very well looking for resources and should continue that, obviously.  I presume you've already found www.bpkids.org?  Good luck with your efforts. 

Dr. Phelps

Published March, 2001