About BPChildren
BPChildren was founded by Tracy Anglada, a mental health writer, advocate and mother. The main focus of BPChildren is to provide information and educational resources to children with bipolar disorder, along with their family, friends and teachers. BPChildren is not, and has never been, funded by grants from pharmaceutical companies. The website is funded by the sale of books published directly by BPChildren. The BPChildren website is not a medical site but a resource/support site for families struggling to deal with bipolar disorder. We strive for accuracy when touching on medical matters and refer our readers to reliable sources. The field of bipolar disorder and mental health in children is one that has gone through many changes over the past decade and will likely go through many more as researchers continue to make advances in genetics and brain functioning. We endeavor to keep up with these changes including revising books and articles to reflect current knowledge. BPChildren collaborates with a variety of support organizations and medical professionals.

Tracy Anglada

"A friend of mine once told me, 'The more we know, the better we do.' I believe this to be true of parents struggling to raise children with bipolar disorder. I also believe it to be true for the children themselves. Initially it was to help my own son 'know more' that I wrote Brandon and the Bipolar Bear. It wasn't long before I realized how many people need to 'know more' about bipolar disorder. I hope that through my writing I will touch the lives of many who suffer from this illness. While my pencil can't erase the difficulties that may lie ahead perhaps it can in some small measure ease the burden carried by such small souls."





Tracy Anglada is an award-winning mental health author, the founder of the BPChildren website and a mental health advocate. Her books include Brandon and the Bipolar Bear, Turbo Max, Intense Minds, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book and SWIVEL to Success. Along with her books, Tracy has written multiple articles and essays. These have appeared in Pediatrics for Parents magazine, Calgary's Child magazine, The STARFISH Advocacy Association newsletter, The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation site and newsletter and eHow Family. Additionally, she has given numerous interviews on the radio, internet and tv.

Her book, Intense Minds, has been used in the curriculum at Harvard Graduate School of Education. It has appeared along with her other books as recommended reading at multiple other universities. Tracy's books have also been recommended as resources by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, The Bipolar Child website, The Juvenile Research Bipolar Foundation, BPMagazine, Scholastic Online, The Institute for Community Inclusion, MassGeneral for Children, Canadian Mental Health Association, Children's Physician Network, Children's Mercy Hospital, The International Society for Bipolar Disorders, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, New England Academy, Austin Regional Clinic. and more. 

Sheryl Hakala, MD PA

Sheryl Hakala completed her medical degree, general adult psychiatric training, and child psychiatric fellowship, serving as chief resident, at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hakala is also active in organized psychiatry, has several scientific publications, and has made several TV appearances. She provides both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in her private practice in Tampa, Florida.


Dr. Hakala is the co-author of The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book. For more information on Dr. Hakala's private practice visit www.drkares.com