Treatment Experience – A mother’s story by The Coffee Klatch | Blog Talk Radio

For any parent raising a child affected by bipolar disorder, this is an invaluable interview.

This interview provides a complete description of the FOH phenotype and clarifies the confusion caused by DSM controversies.

An overview of the intranasal ketamine clinical study is presented by the study’s coordinator, Alyssa Bronsteen.

MOST IMPORTANT: this is your chance to meet a mother who has nurtured a son who has struggled with the symptoms of bipolar disorder his entire life.  Hear her describe her son’s life pre- and post- intranasal ketamine treatment.



Our research only gets done with YOUR support.  Help us bring relief to children fighting the effects of bipolar disorder.  Your financial support makes a world of difference.  And it enables JBRF to continue this important research.  Thank you for making these advances possible.

Recruiting for Treatment Study – video

Recruiting for Treatment Study – video

This is a video that documents the experiences of three children who have participated in the pilot study of intranasal ketamine as a treatment for juvenile bipolar disorder.

Dr. Demitri Papolos, Director of Research for JBRF, developed and implemented a pilot study to explore the efficacy of intranasal ketamine as a treatment for children who have been diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder.  The study is in its fourth year and includes over 20 children and teens who fit the Fear of Harm profile (click here for a description of the Fear of Harm Phenotype) and struggle with thermoregulatory dysfunction (click here to access the study relevant to thermoregulation).

The children and teens participating in this pilot study had symptoms that were resistant to traditional treatment protocols for bipolar disorder.

Please click here to view the video.





Interview: ketamine & bipolar disorder

Interview: ketamine & bipolar disorder

An interview on Blog Talk Radio with Marianne Russo of “The CoffeeKlatch” :



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Educational issues faced by children with bipolar disorder

Educational issues faced by children with bipolar disorder

A child struggling with a bipolar disorder is often highly gifted, but may have difficulty making transitions, and, according to the DSM-IV, would be diagnosed as having co-morbid or co-occuring syndromes that make him or her distractible, inattentive, anxious or very perfectionistic with some obsessive characteristics. He or she may also be sleepy from medications or may be having cognitive difficulties as a result of them. Frequently, children with bipolar disorder have associated learning disabilites and executive function deficits which make it extremely difficult for them to organize and break things down and accomplish complex tasks (we will discuss these executive function deficits in more detail).

All of these co-morbid conditions, medication issues, known and unknown learning disabilities and organizational deficits complicate a student’s acquisition of knowledge and adjustment to academic demands.

When one also considers that these children have an illness which causes their ability to focus and energy levels to wax and wane (often according to the season) it’s not hard for parents and educators to realize these children need special accommodations in school.

In creating the type of education you want for your son or daughter, you must keep in mind that although all the children we are discussing here have bipolar disorder, each child is an individual with different social, emotional, and academic strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, their educational needs may vary from one season or school year to the next.

The JBRF Educational Page is intended to help parents, teachers and the educational team ease the strain for the child struggling with these issues and to ensure a comfort level that allows these students to learn, benefit, and excel in the academic environment.

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