What can I do to help my raging granddaughter? – Part Five – Books, Blogs and … Buttresses?

Sorry about the lag in time between posts. I’ve been a busy lady and/or slightly distracted over making it to the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (you can help me advance by leaving your review here!!!) See! Look … I’ve even stooped so low as to turn on the shameless self promotion!


Finishing up our five part series. We shall now address …

I have been looking on line for books that might help her as she LOVES to read. Do you have any suggestions on books or websites etc. ??

I have to be honest, when it comes to books for children about bipolar disorder, there isn’t a whole lot. The reason for this is, Bipolar isn’t pretty and most parents wouldn’t want their children reading the disturbing things that bipolar children go through. (Great … total new idea of a Middle Grade book about bipolar … as if I needed anymore distractions! LOL) Also, most books are geared towards the parents and are very informational and medical-like. Needless to say, support book for adults dealing with children who have bipolar disorder are plentiful. There’s even quite a bit for teens.

But when it comes to children’s books. They are far and few between. Here is what I found …

The Life of a Bipolar Childby Trudy Carlson

Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder (Revised Edition) by Tracy Anglada

Eli the Bipolar Bear by Sharon Bracken and Joshua Nash

My Bipolar, Roller Coaster, Feelings Book by Bryna Hebert

Bipolar Bubbles by Deborah Theisen

There are also a number of blogs out there written by parents of children with mental illness … two of my favorite being …

The Mindstorm

My Son Has 2 Brains: A Mood Disorder Blog

They too are geared towards adults, but often have posts about accounts with their children which can be very helpful to read to your grand daughter.

I can not stress enough the importance of Support. Like buttresses, support is what holds a family up when dealing with mental illness. Clearly you are forming some strong buttresses, so I have faith that you will make it through this difficult time!

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