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Parent Handbook on Childhood and Adolescent Depression


"90210" Episode Addressing Bipolar Disorder

Silver was diagnosed with bipolar in an April 2009 episode of 90210.

Listen to Flipswitch: The Bipolar and Depression Connection.

Flipswitch is The Balanced Mind Parent Network's weekly podcast for teens and young adults on living well with mood disorders. Each week, the Flipswitch crew takes on a 'piece' of the mood disorder 'puzzle'. Researchers, celebrities, artists, mom, and teens share their perspectives in the interview portion of the show.

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Facts About Teenage Depression


Chat with Mary Fristad, Ph.D

This is a transcript of a live chat held with Mary Fristad, Ph.D. on September 16, 2009.  Dr. Fristad is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty since 1986. Dr. Fristad is the Director of Research and Psychological Services in the OSU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Fristad’s area of specialty is childhood mood disorders. She is has published over 100 articles and book chapters addressing the assessment and treatment of childhood-onset depression, suicidality and bipolar disorder (manic-depression).

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thebalancedmindfoundation.org Expert Chat with Ross Szabo, Author of "Behind Happy Faces"

The Balanced Mind Parent Network Live Event Transcript

Did you miss our chat with Ross Szabo? Read the transcript of this exciting and informative chat.

Ross Szabo Biography
Ross is currently the Director of Youth Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign and began speaking about mental health at age 17. In the last 6 years he is the only person in the country who has spoken to well over 500,000 young people in high schools and colleges about mental health issues. He has been featured in Parade and Seventeen magazines, appeared on CNN, MTV and CBS, and had his presentation turned into a television program for PBS. He was named 2007 Best Male Performer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine, which recognized him as one of the top speakers in the country on the college speaking circuit. Ross is a founding member of the Leadership 21 Committee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.                         

 Nanci - The Balanced Mind Parent Network   
Could you tell us a little about your book, ‘Behind Happy Faces’ and why it would be helpful for parents and young people? 

 Ross Szabo   
I wrote “Behind Happy Faces” because everywhere I went people had the same questions and concerns. I learned early on that while some people are concerned about treatment, a lot of people were more concerned with what they could do outside of treatment and how they could handle situations with family, friends, relationships and more realistic settings.

So I decided to use my personal story to start each chapter but we use over 25 other people's stories to frame each chapter. The chapters discuss what it's like to be young dealing with mental health issues, the main reasons people don't seek help, differences in race, class gender and sexual orientation, what an individual can do, family, friends and relationships.  But the main goal is to have a positive example on these issues, and focus more on mental health not specifically on bipolar disorder or mental illness

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