Mani N. Pavuluri,MD, Michael W. Naylor, MD, Philip G. Janicak, MD Contemporary Psychiatry (April 2002) (full text)
An excellent summary of pediatric onset and adolescent onset bipolar disorder, and treatment guidelines used by the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic at University of Illinois at Chicago.
The best audio and video mental health presentations from the web, as selected by the The Balanced Mind Parent Network.
The P-YMRS is attached, in Word format.
The P-YMRS consists of eleven questions that parents are asked about their child's present state. The original rating scale (Young Mania Rating Scale), was developed to assess severity of symptoms in adults hospitalized for mania. It has been revised in an effort to help clinicians such as pediatricians determine when children should be referred for further evaluation by a mental health professional (such as a child psychiatrist), and also to help assess whether a child's symptoms are responding to treatment. The scale is NOT intended to diagnose bipolar disorder in children (that requires a thorough evaluation by an experienced mental health professional, preferably a board-certified child psychiatrist). This version has been tested in a pediatric research clinic with a high number of children with bipolar disorder. The child's total score is determined by adding up the highest number circled on each question. Scores range from 0-60. Extremely high scores on the P-YMRS increase the risk of having bipolar disorder by a factor of 9, roughly the same increase as having a biological parent with bipolar disorder. Low scores decrease the odds by a factor of ten. Scores in the middle don't change the odds much.
A poem submitted to The Balanced Mind Parent Network by Julie DiEmedio, a member and mother of a child with Bipolar Disorder
Sample letter to be used by parents to notify schools of BP and OCD diagnosis in your child