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Translation of Science to Service: Mani Pavuluri, MD, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago

This paper is Mani Pavuluri's contribution to The Balanced Mind Parent Network's series, Translation of the Scientific Evolution of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.  The series presents the leading researchers' contribution to the field.  It describes the programmatic approach and direction of the labs, the seminal questions which drive their research, a listing of their most important findings and a summary of how their work impacts the field.  As chair of the The Balanced Mind Parent Network Scientific Advisory Council from 2008-2010, Dr. Pavuluri created this series and inspired her colleagues to contribute so that parents and clinicians could gain a better understanding of evolution of the field and how the study of child onset bipolar disorder fits into the larger field of child psychiatry.  The Balanced Mind Parent Network is extremely grateful for Dr. Pavuluri's leadership.

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The Balanced Mind Expert Chat: David Miklowitz, Ph.D, Author of Bipolar Disorder: A Family Focused Treatment Approach

Nanci-The Balanced Mind Parent Network
I am very pleased to welcome today’s guest, David Miklowitz, PhD.. He is the author of “Bipolar Disorder: A Family Focused Treatment Approach”, “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” and “The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family” as well as numerous research articles. Dr. Miklowitz’ research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.

Nanci-The Balanced Mind Parent Network 
Dr. Miklowitz would you like to make any opening remarks to our group?

David Miklowitz PhD
It's a pleasure to be here. I'm ready whenever you are - just to say I'm a big fan of The Balanced Mind Parent Network!

Nanci-The Balanced Mind Parent Network
Thank you! Perhaps you could start out by talking a little about your new book “The Bipolar Teen”?

David Miklowitz PhD
Sure - we just published a new book called "The Bipolar Teen." This book is intended for parents of the 12-18 set who are often struggling not only with the disorder but trying to distinguish being a teen from being a bipolar teen. The book focuses on coping strategies, especially those to use when a kid is cycling into mania or depression

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For Depressed Teens, Psychotherapy Combined with Antidepressant Medication Most Effective

Source: Press Release, National Institute of Mental Health

A combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication appears to be the most effective treatment for adolescents with major depressive disorder-more than medication alone or psychotherapy alone, according to results from a major clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study was published in the October 2007 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

The long-term results of the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) found that when adolescents received fluoxetine (Prozac) alone or in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) over the course of 36 weeks, they recovered faster than those who were receiving CBT alone.

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Back to School for Psychotropics

Nursing Spectrum. December 15, 2003. Article written by Wendy Bonifazi, RN, CLS, APN. This article looks at some of the issues surrounding the use of (often off-label and untested) psychotropic drugs for children and adolescents as well as the role of psychiatric nurses. Copyright 2003. Nursing Spectrum Nurse Wire (http://www.nursingspectrum.com/). All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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