Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Correct Bipolar Diagnosis in Teen

Last week I came across an article in the Star Tribune about a teen who was correctly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I thought it was interesting that the media wrote about such a case. The article points out that many children are wrongfully diagnosed, but there’s a group of kids that really do have the illness and need proper treatment. As I read the story, I was struck by some of the similarities that my son has with the teen.

In the article, the mother explained that her son was very irritable and would bow up at people. She described him as an “angry child”. As he got older and became depressed, he would pull his hood over his head and try to shut out the world.

This is the same thing that my son has done for years. At school, the teachers would describe my son as looking tired, withdrawn and always wearing his hood when he was in his depressed mode. He would even have it on during circle time and recess. At one point, the kids started calling him “the hood boy”.

The teen also saw things that weren’t there and heard voices calling him, just like my son.

As the teen got older, the illness progressed and he started to self harm and tried to commit suicide. But the article doesn’t end there, instead, it offers a message of hope. It shows that medications can be successful, allowing this child to improve relationships, finish school and even pursue higher education.

Included in this article is a video of the boy that is definitely worth watching! Check it out!!

Teen’s correct diagnosis was exception, not rule:

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Star Tribune
By Jeremy Olson
Published: December 29, 2011
Consulted: January 3, 2012

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