The Balanced Mind Parent Network is committed to providing parents with current information about treatments and resources that have a proven track record of success. To learn more we sat down individually with three leading clinicians who are pioneering the charge to include your entire family in therapy. While the approaches differ in some important respects, they all share the common goal of working with kids with bipolar disorder in an inclusive family context. Learning about these approaches to therapy will provide parents with the information they need to seek the treatment approach that best suites the needs of their child and their family.
The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved use of Abilify for maintenance of bipolar disorder in 2005. But a recent article published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine (Tsai, et al) looks critically at the science behind the decision to approve Abilify. The results were one blind, randomized trial sponsored by the pharmaceutical company that makes Abilify, Bristol Meyers Squibb. Article exposes flaws in trial to show we currently do not have enough evidence to know whether or not Abilify is effective in the maintenance of bipolar disorder. Article also features step-by-step advice for people currently taking Abilify.
This article lists The Balanced Mind Parent Network's top 10 bestselling books on bipolar for February 2011.
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An article from the Psychiatric Times. "How often do the known do the risks of antipsychotics outweigh uncertain clinical benefits? Before jumping to conclusions, it is important to consider what we know and what we do not know about antipsychotic prescribing to young people."