Tips and Advice for Living with a Child or Teen with Bipolar

Articles, advice and information from doctors, therapists, psychologists, moms, dads and other family members on education, making friends, stigma and raising or living with a bipolar child or a bipolar teen.

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Using the Power of Love to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

bp Magazine
June 20, 2018

While steady self-care does take effort, there is one ready–made power source from which to draw strength and prevent burnout: a parent’s love. Smile more A very simple, yet extremely effective habit to start: smile every time your child walks into the room, says writer and mother of five Julia Johnson Attaway. “The look of...

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4 Ways Parents of Kids With Bipolar Can Practice Self-Care

bp Magazine
June 20, 2018

The ongoing stress of raising children with acute needs can put parents at risk for medical issues as well; find out how to stay healthy and balanced: #1 Basic self-survival It’s essential that parents take their own self-care  seriously, writes Juliann Garey, journalist and clinical assistant professor at New York University. Some important, yet basic...

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Helping Kids with Mental Health Challenges Make Friends

bp Magazine
May 19, 2018

When social skills don’t come easy, some kids may find it more difficult to make new relationships; here are three ways to help them develop key social smarts:     #1. Meet the teacher In order to first determine what the exact issue is, other than your child expressing that no one wants to be...

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How to Push Kids With Bipolar to Reach Their Goals

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May 19, 2018

We all want what’s best for our children, but it can be difficult to know when and how much to push them to experience new things; consider these: Know your child All the fun and wonderful memories from your own childhood that you want your child to experience may actually just be too much for...

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5 Tips for Summer Success for Kids With Mental Health Challenges

bp Magazine
May 19, 2018

When school’s out and summer’s here, keeping your kids on track will mean fun for the whole family; here’s how: Maintain routine Kids with mental health challenges are dependent on the predictability of routine and structure – something that is opposite to the school’s out summertime break. As much as is possible, stick to the...

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Daughter’s Bipolar Diagnosis Teaches Mother to ‘Look at Everyone without Judgement’

bp Magazine
April 2, 2018

Although her child’s mental health journey was exhausting and emotionally draining, Jill also found inspiration and lasting support.   Please provide a brief summary of your daughter’s diagnosis… My daughter has struggled since she was nine-years-old and she got worse in school with depression and anxiety. After starting medication she had a manic episode at...

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5 Ways to Help Children and Teens Manage Stress

bp Magazine
January 21, 2018

For children with bipolar disorder, it’s important to try and keep stress levels low to help prevent triggering a mood episode; here are five suggestions: #1 Ensure proper sleep routine Just as you would schedule important activities like dinner, homework or sports, you need to schedule time for sleep. So, depending on the amount of...

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Bipolar & Kids: Making Self-Care a Priority

bp Magazine
January 21, 2018

Parents can get so use to symptoms of burnout they fail to recognize they need to put self-care at the top of their to-do list. Know the signs Sometimes in the thick of things, giving everything, it’s difficult to realize when things aren’t healthy and it’s time to make self-care a priority. You may not...

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Bipolar & Kids: 5 Ways To Take Care of YOU!

bp Magazine
January 21, 2018

For parents taking care of a child with bipolar disorder, a self-care plan is critical for your wellbeing; here are five ideas to consider: #1 Recharge & re-energize An important strategy in self-care is taking a break from your caregiving role and incorporating time for you. If needed, recruit other relatives, close friends or respite...

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How Parents Can Avoid Holiday Triggers For Kids with Bipolar

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

Formal events can be stressful for parents of children with mood disorders; here’s how to prepare so your holiday family outings are fun for all: Be realistic about expectations If you already know your child will be triggered by having to sit quietly through a long ceremony, such as a holiday church mass, then consider...

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