Psycho-educational Material

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and very high levels of activity. The below documents contain information on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as assessments used to diagnose ADHD.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Fact Sheet
Vanderbilt ADHD Assessment Scale - Parent
Vanderbilt ADHD Assessment Scale - Teacher
Vanderbilt ADHD Assessment - Scoring Instructions
Iowa Conners Rating Scale

 

EATING DISORDERS

An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. For the different types of eating disorders, treatment, and additional information, please see below.

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National Institute of Mental Health Eating Disorders Brochure
 

ANXIETY DISORDERS

Anxiety disorders are characterized by an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations. Examples of anxiety disorders are obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, specific phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder. For more information on symptoms of anxiety disorders and treatment options, please see below.

Documents

National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety Disorders Brochure
Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents Fact Sheet
Panic Disorder Brochure

Suggested Reading
The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal by Paul Foxman, Ph.D. "shows that anxiety is preventable – or can at least be minimized – by raising children's self confidence, increasing social and self-control skills, and teaching them how to play, relax, and communicate their feelings and needs. Written for parents and teachers and anyone dealing with children, the guide covers the importance of adequate rest, sleep, and exercise and provides detailed lists, skill exercises, sample dialogues, and case studies."

 

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. These episodes are associated with unusual shifts in mood and energy. The below documents contain information on symptoms and treatments, as well as tools to help control moods. 

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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents Fact Sheet
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens Brochure
National Institute of Mental Health Bipolar Disorder Brochure
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder
Famous People with Bipolar Disorder
Recommended Apps for Mood Tracking
Mood Diary
Recommended Reading on Bipolar Disorder

Suggested Reading
The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family by David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D. is highly recommended.  Dr. Miklowitz "has tailored his proven treatment approach to meet the specific needs of teens and their families. The Bipolar Teen provides tools you can use to make home life manageable again. You’ll learn to spot the differences between normal teenage behavior and the telltale symptoms of mania and depression. Together with your child’s doctors, you’ll be able to strike a healthy balance between medication and psychotherapy, recognize and respond to the early warning signs of an oncoming episode, and collaborate effectively with school personnel. Like no other resource available, this powerful book delivers practical ways to manage chaos and relieve stress so everyone in your family--including siblings--can find stability, support, and peace of mind."

New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions by Boris Birmaher, M.D. Dr. Birmaher describes "compassionate and informative methods to help manage the diagnosis and develop the natural strengths, gifts, and skills that every child has to offer. Written by a top expert in the field, this life-changing book is presented in clear, straightforward language that dispels the myths about bipolar disorder and offers real solutions."

 

DEPRESSION

Everyone feels sad sometimes, but these feelings usually pass after a few days. When you have depression, you have trouble with daily life for weeks at a time. Depression is a serious illness that needs treatment. The documents below contain information on the different forms of depression, symptoms, treatments, and additional information.

Documents

Depression in Children and Adolescents Fact Sheet
National Institute of Mental Health Depression Brochure

Suggested Reading
The book More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression by Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. come highly recommended.  Dr. Koplewicz, "one of the nation's most distinguished child and adolescent psychiatrists shows parents the warning signs, risk factors, and key symptoms that offer important clues about depression. He also illustrates a broad range of treatment options including SSRI antidepressants as well as non-pharmaceutical approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy. With solid advice and compelling real-life stories, More Than Moody is an invaluable resource."

 

MISCELLANEOUS PARENT RESOURCES

Documents

National Institute of Mental Health Treatment of Children with Mental Illness FAQ
Recommended Websites

Suggested Reading
Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids by Timothy E. Wilens, M.D. comes highly recommended for all parents.  When it comes to deciding what, if any, medication is right for your child, this book "has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to become active, informed managers of their children's care. Dr. Wilens explains how medications work; their impact on kids' emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the risks and benefits of widely used antidepressants; and much more."