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Children & Youth

Learning that your child has an incurable and possibly debilitating illness is frightening. It can be overwhelming to learn that the diagnosis is mental illness. The good news is that with early diagnosis and appropriate intervention, you and your child can learn to manage symptoms effectively and lead a fulfilling life. Educating yourself on your child’s illness and reaching out to available resources is the next step in that process.

For more information about resources available for children with a mental illness in Pinellas County, please contact Debra MacLean.


A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive

Intense Minds: Through the Eyes of Young People with Bipolar Disorder

Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar and More!: The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals

New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions

Parenting the Hurt Child : Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids

The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder

Therapeutic Parenting: It’s A Matter of Attitude!

The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child: A Survival Guide for Parents

When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD

Books for Children

Brandon And The Bipolar Bear: A Story For Children With Bipolar Disorder

My Bipolar, Roller Coaster, Feelings Book

Web Sites

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

School Psychiatry

School Behavior

BP Children

National Mental Health Information Center


Schwab Learning

Spark Top

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Florida Association for Infant Mental Health


Educating & Nurturing the Bipolar Child

What is Pediatric Bipolar Disorder? A Resource for Educators

Respite Services

Achieve Tampa Bay

Education, Advocacy, and Support

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas

Florida Inclusion Network

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

Family Cafe

NAMI’s Child & Teen Support

Related Files

The Storm in My Brain: Kids and Mood Disorders (PDF File)
NAMI10 Best Practices for Schools (Word Document)

Related Links

My Brother Turtle by Karina MacLean, age 10
Online Video: Clinical Depression in Children
Online Video: Recognizing Borderline Personality Disorder in Children
Online Video: Bipolar Disorder in Children

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