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"Rescuing Childhood" to Premiere at 5th Annual LA Femme Film Festival, Oct. 15-18, 2009

New documentary shines light on the mystery of surging number of bipolar youngsters

Los Angeles, CA, October 07, 2009 --( “Rescuing Childhood: Understanding Bipolar Disorders in Children and Adolescents,” a new landmark educational film about the challenges of raising and treating a bipolar child, will make its festival debut as part of the 5th annual LA Femme Film Festival, October 15-18 in Hollywood.

The film, produced by Veronica Bird and Rosalie Greenberg, MD, focuses on the increasing number of children and adolescents being diagnosed as bipolar and the challenges their treatment presents. The film uses combined interviews with leading experts in pediatric bipolar disorder and three affected families to illustrate the scope of this potentially devastating disorder.

“Rescuing Childhood” will be screened on Friday, October 16 at 2 pm at the Renberg Theatre at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, in Hollywood. Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place, near Highland and Santa Monica Blvd.

Up until 15 years ago, Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression (as it was previously known), was considered almost non-existent in childhood, the common belief being that it was primarily a disorder of adults and some older adolescents. But recent studies show there has been an explosion of children being diagnosed as bipolar. Why? What has caused this 180-degree shift? And what are the long-term implications of having a major mood disorder at such a young age?

“Our hope with 'Rescuing Childhood' is to provide help and hope as replacements for fear and stigma,” says Dr. Greenberg. “We have portrayed, accurately and sensitively, the important individualized approach needed for every child diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The key is early detection and intervention which is not only life-saving, but life giving.”

The film's producer, Veronica Bird, started the Veronica Bird Charitable Foundation whose mission is to produce quality educational films exploring mental health disorders in children. Ms. Bird is also the producer and director of the critically acclaimed and award-winning film, “The Different Shades of Autism: The Screening and Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.” Co-producer Rosalie Greenberg, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and author of the book “Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm.”


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