Recent news of the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the reports swirling around the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, brings mental health to the forefront once again. So far, the facts seem to indicate that Loughner was suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness. A disturbing video he posted on Youtube was enough to get him suspended from Pima Community College, with the stipulation that he not be readmitted without a mental evaluation proving that he does not pose a danger to himself or others.
We all want the best mental health, as well as physical well-being, for our sons and daughters when we send them off to college. But sometimes they depart with weighty baggage, either known or unknown, over which we, as parents, have little or no control. For example, some students that sailed off to college this past semester may have knowingly departed with a firm diagnosis of bipolar disease. Hopefully they have checked in with the campus health center and availed themselves of all possible educational, medical, and psychological services.
- a concise description of the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder
- a discussion of the essential combined role of psychotherapy and medication.
- an overview of the multiple complexities of living with bipolar disorder during late adolescence and young adulthood.