Bipolar disorder in our youth presents differently than in adults. Often what appears to be teen angst is actually a chemical imbalance that needs professinal attention. With medication and counselling, there is hope for these kids, but the key is their continued use of the meds. Like many adults, they have a tendency to stop talking their meds for a myriad of reasons.
As a parent, it can be a crushing blow to learn your child suffers from such a dibilitating disease. No one would choose this for their child, but ignoring will only cause more suffering and greater consequences.
If you have experienced mental illness in a child, please, give us your thoughts and any advice you may have for handling the process and the ups and downs of this awful disease. It's time to remove the stigma attached to mental illness and to realize it's an illness like any other. There is no shame in a child having an illness they didn't choose and cannot prevent.