Behavioral Definitions

1. Child in family is diagnosed with depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, or suicidal ideation.

2. Child in family exhibits symptoms of depression (e.g., depressed or irritable mood, diminished interest in activities, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, low energy, guilt) daily.

3. Child has taken prescribed medication or been hospitalized for treatment of depression.

4. One or both parents have a history of depression.

5. Chronic marital difficulties, separation, or divorce.

6. One or both parents have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

7. Child's depression is a significant concern and interferes with normal family functioning.

8. Unstable family relationships, unrealistic expectations, and lack of stable parent/child emotional support.

9. Inconsistent parenting styles and erratic disciplinary strategies.

10. Chronic unemployment, poverty, lack of financial support, and volatile, unsafe living conditions.

BiPolar Explained

BiPolar Explained

Bipolar is a condition that wreaks havoc on those that it affects. If you suffer from Bipolar, chances are that your family suffers right with you. No matter if you are that family member trying to learn to cope or you are the person that has been diagnosed, there is hope out there.

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