My son and family were validated with stories throughout the DVD. The lecture was down to earth, straight to the matter at hand and very accurate in terms of explaining the challenges that families go through.
Westport, CT (PRWEB) September 28, 2007
24: A Day in the Life of Bipolar Children and Their Families is a unique DVD presentation by an important advocate in the field of pediatric bipolar disorder, Janice Papolos. Miss Papolos is the co-author with her psychiatrist husband, Demitri F. Papolos, M.D., of the national bestseller, "The Bipolar Child," now in its third edition and with an unprecedented 200,000 copies sold in hardcover.
The DVD, 24, is an extremely moving tour of a day in the life of children suffering with pediatric bipolar disorder (also referred to as early-onset and juvenile bipolar disorder) and is not only highly informative, but is peppered with moments of humor that add emotional ballast to parents under siege from their children and the outside world. The DVD is enhanced with music, photos, additional footage, and on-screen text.
Because these children spend half of their waking hours in school, and suffer from
school becomes a place of humiliation and failure. Because parents and educators can't understand exactly what is going on inside the child, they can't help. This DVD not only conveys the problems in the voices of the children and adolescents themselves, but offers a multitude of ideas to make the students feel more comfortable in the school environment.
A special feature that is already proving to be a tremendous help to educators of special education teams is called: 14 Minutes to a Better IEP. An IEP (Individual Education Plan) is a legal document that provides accommodations and help to children with disabilities such as bipolar disorder. Parents are starting IEP meetings with this brief section and reporting that the educators are only too glad to incorporate the wealth of ideas. Educators who have been involved in IEP meetings report how much better they understand their students.
About the author: Janice Papolos is an extremely poised and accessible public speaker and this DVD has been judged as artistic and very humane. She reaches out to these families and uses all of her considerable information and warmth to make parents more comfortable and better able to deal with all the complexity of an illness that many doctors don't understand.
One mother who watched the DVD had this to say about it:
"My son and family were validated with stories throughout the DVD. The lecture was down to earth, straight to the matter at hand and very accurate in terms of explaining the challenges that families go through."
"I felt like I was not alone, and there was a network of people out there who understood. "
"The DVD gave me hope, and brought some much needed relief."
"Of utmost importance to me was the section on organizational difficulties and executive function deficits. This is a huge challenge for us and the DVD provided the first bit of practical information for our problem. "
This DVD is 100 minutes long and is $25.00. A 2-CD audio set is also available at the same price. A special introductory set is available for $40.00.
Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) affects close to 1 million children and adolescents in the United States at any given time. Abrupt swings of mood and energy that occur multiple times within a day, intense outbursts of temper, poor frustration tolerance, and oppositional defiant behaviors are commonplace in juvenile-onset bipolar disorder. These children veer from irritable, easily annoyed, angry mood states to silly, goofy, giddy elation, and then just as easily descend into low energy periods of intense boredom, depression and social withdrawal, fraught with self-recriminations and suicidal thoughts. Recent studies have found that from the time of initial manifestation of symptoms, it takes an average of ten years before a diagnosis is made.