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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Need Help Communicating With Your Teen?

bp Magazine
October 21, 2018

It’s the stage of life when teenagers assert their independence; however, your relationship is more important than ever and good communication now is key: Just listen Easier said than done — especially when you want to know what’s happening in your teen’s life. However, kids are more likely to be “open with their parents if...

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When It’s More Than Just Picky Eating For Your Child

bp Magazine
October 21, 2018

With some children, an aversion to some foods can be more than just picky eating; find out if it’s time to seek help: What’s the aversion? There can be a host of reasons why your child is avoiding certain foods or food groups. As Child Mind Institute managing editor Rachel Ehmke explains, “some kids have...

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Take the Stress Out of School Mornings for Kids with Bipolar

bp Magazine
September 29, 2018

School mornings—so much to get done, with so little time; here’s how to curb the conflict and get your kids out the door: Keep your cool Getting distracted kids ready for school early in the morning can be at the top of many parents’ frustration scale. If tempers start to flare, try and de-escalate things...

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How Bipolar in Kids Can Affect the Entire Family

bp Magazine
September 29, 2018

Depending on the extent of a child’s mood swings and how well they’re managed, there are various ways bipolar disorder can impact the whole family: Strict routines Generally speaking, a rigid schedule must be followed so the child with bipolar can manage her symptoms. This includes the same time each day for meals, study time,...

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3 Ways To Master New Routines For Children With Bipolar

bp Magazine
September 29, 2018

The back-to-school transition can be one of the most difficult things to get a handle on for children with bipolar disorder; change your routine: 1. Stress-less mornings After summer, one of the most challenging things for children with bipolar to navigate is an entirely new routine of getting ready for school every morning. Even if...

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The Essential Guide to Helping Teens with Bipolar Transition to College

Karl Shallowhorn
September 24, 2018

If your son or daughter has bipolar and is going to college for the first time, having a plan can help make for a smooth transition.   Hi. This is Karl Shallowhorn with the BPHope.com vlog. In this installment I’m going to be talking about transitioning to college, and in particular, for parents. So, if...

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3 Essential Tips to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety

bp Magazine
September 6, 2018

For some children the beginning of a new school year can prompt panic and separation anxiety; read on for tips on how to help your child have a worry-free start: #1 Keep calm It’s a lot of work, a.k.a. stress, for parents to get children ready for a new school year, what with new routines...

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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 children and teens may find it more difficult to make new friends; 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...

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How to Push Kids With Bipolar to Reach Their Goals

bp Magazine
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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How Parents Can Ease Their Isolation

bp Magazine
January 21, 2018

While it’s quite common for parents of children with bipolar disorder to lose touch with their social circle, there are ways to help. Meet your tribe Try to plan a regular outing with friends or family who really care about you. It can be extremely lonely taking care of an ill child; and depending on...

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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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4 Ways to Lessen Holiday Stress for Parents of Kids With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

For parents of children with mood disorders, the holidays could seem fraught with more pressure than pleasure; here are four tips to help change that: #1 Manage expectations Realize the limitations of kids who have mood disorders and don’t set your family up for failure. If your child gets triggered easily by meeting new people...

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Bipolar & Kids: 4 Ways Parents Can Prevent Caregiver Burnout

bp Magazine
October 16, 2017

The emotional and physical toll caring for children with psychiatric disorders can be great, making the need for self-care even more important. #1 Accept your limits Many parents, says experts, who reach the breaking point of burnout is due to them believing there is no limit to what they need to do and that they...

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