FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diane Marinelli, APR
November 22, 2002
JUVENILE BIPOLAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH
FIRST PROFESSIONAL LISTSERV FOR THERAPISTS TREATING CHILDREN AND
ADOLESCENTS WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER
PAWLING, NY/November, 22 2002--The Juvenile
Bipolar Research Foundation will sponsor the first professional
online listserv for psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers
and other therapists who treat children and adolescents with bipolar
disorder beginning in November of this year.
"The forum is a way to establish a national
dialogue on current practices and potentially effective measures
to use in treatment," said Dr. Demitri Papolos, director of
research for the foundation and one of the founders of the organization.
Dr. Papolos is also co-author of The Bipolar Child.
There are currently no standardized psychosocial
treatments for early-onset bipolar disorder. The JBRF professional
listserv will give these professionals an opportunity to discuss
treatment, share information and experience, and to ask for and
give advice on treatment. Discussions will be moderated by professionals
who have experience evaluating and treating these youngsters and
their families, including David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D. Mary Fristad,
Ph.D., Nancy Austin, Psy. D., Dana Luck, Ph.D,, and Johnine Cummings,
M.S.W. The professional listserv will be available through the organization's
website at www.jbrf.org (click on Professional Listservs).
Those who wish to be added to the list of subscribers will be able
to contact Sandi Norelli, JBRF board member and Professional Listserv
Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation raises
and distributes funds for the most promising research into the causes,
treatments and prevention of this disorder. The JBRF is the first
charitable foundation of its kind devoted solely to research on
childhood-onset bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)
affects more than 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.
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