Judith S. LedermanIn her new book, The Ups & Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child: A Survival Guide for Parents, Judith S. Lederman presents her own personal seesaw experience as parent of child with bipolar disorder. Lederman decided to write her book after years of coping with her son, who was diagnosed at age eight. After helping her son through four hospitalizations and a plethora of psychotrophic medications and treatments, Lederman describes the project as revenge and survival against a disease that branded, isolated, and deeply affected not only her son, but also the entire family.
“I knew that he was not alone. Somewhere in my heart I knew that neither of us were alone,” explains Ms. Lederman. “But there were too many days where no matter what I did for him, his moods were calling the shots.”
A journalist, Scout leader and public relations professional, Lederman in addition to writing about her son’s illness, has penned other articles on parenting subjects for national media, including The New York Times. Among her favorite topics to write and talk about is the state of childcare. She has hosted the radio show, “Beyond Childcare With Judith Lederman” and has appeared on Oprah, Court TV, CNN, Dateline NBC and in many other news outlets. She lives in Westchester, New York. Please visit Judith’s site: Parenting Bipolars, A Survival Guide for Parents.
Candida Fink, M.D.
Candida Fink, MD is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who graduated from Boston University Medical School and did her postgraduate training through Harvard Medical School. She did her general psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and completed her child psychiatry fellowship and a neurodevelopment fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Fink has worked extensively with children and adolescents with complicated psychiatric illness. She practiced in a number of inpatient and residential treatment programs in Arizona, Nevada and New York. She developed and directed a specialized residential treatment unit for adolescents with mental illness and mental retardation in Phoenix, Arizona.
She was Medical Director of the child and adolescent inpatient unit at West Hills Hospital in Reno, Nevada, as well. In 1998 she was recruited to be the Medical Director of the adolescent inpatient unit at New York Hospital, Westchester Division, in White Plains, New York, an affiliate of the Cornell College of Medicine. Dr. Fink was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Cornell College of Medicine during her tenure there. She has also taught residents, fellows, and medical students from Harvard Medical School, University of Arizona School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Dr. Fink’s current practice is focused on complex diagnostic and treatment questions in children and adolescents with mental illness. She is an expert in psychopharmacology and developmental psychopathology. Mood disorders, especially the diagnostic and treatment questions surrounding pediatric bipolar disorder, constitute much of her practice. Dr. Fink is particularly interested in the neurodevelopmental understanding of emotional and behavioral disorders in children. She has a strong background in cognitive/behavioral approaches to mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Fink continues to maintain a specialty interest in learning and developmental disabilities and their overlap with psychiatric symptoms. The mother of two daughters, ages 12 and 8, she lives in Westchester, New York. Please visit Dr. Fink’s website.
“Bipolar disorder is a very real, very treatable physical brain disorder. This energetic disturbance with its fluctuating mood states frequently co-exists with other mental illnesses, such as ADHD, anxiety disorder, eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and Tourettes syndrome.”