I have been asked to write about Addiction, to write in plain and simple English not fancy medical or psychological words.
A long-held tenet in the treatment and recovery worlds is that alcoholism and other drug addictions are a family disease. Everyone in the family, including children, gets hurt by this cunning, powerful, and baffling illness. All too often it becomes a family legacy that gets passed from generation to generation. Where does it stop?
Bipolar disorder is a serious but treatable disorder characterized by extreme, alternating moods that range from depression to mania. Irritability, silliness, moodiness and rapid speech are symptoms of bipolar disorder, but they are also normal parts of adolescence. The diagnosis of teen bipolar disorder is further complicated by the fact that its symptoms differ from those of adult bipolar disorder and often mimic the symptoms of other disorders, such as ADHD.