Mental Health

Parent Life Charting

Do you have a child or adolescent that has bipolar illness? The National Institute of Mental Health has developed a "Kiddie" retrospective and prospective life chart form for parents of children or adolescents with bipolar illness.
A. “Kiddie” Retrospective and Prospective Manuals and Forms:

“At the turn of the twentieth century, the German psychiatrist Dr. Emil Kraepelin in his life chart graphs already showed early onset bipolar disorder in adolescents. The NIMH has developed a retrospective and prospective ‘Kiddie’ life chart method for children and adolescents, to be completed by parents. Rather than defining illness phases as mania and depression, we categorized mood symptoms and behaviors (with associated functional impairment) as either activated or withdrawn.”
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Downloading Life Chart Forms and Manuals
The patient life chart manuals and forms are in Adobe Acrobat *.pdf form. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free program that you can download from the internet at:


B. Downloading Life Chart Forms and Manuals:

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Sources – NIMH and bipolar

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