Between 1995 and 2005, the number of adults in the nation diagnosed with bipolar doubled. In the same time-frame, the number of kids diagnosed as bipolar increased forty fold. Unchecked, the illness can deeply affect a child's ability to learn and care for themselves.
For a deeper look at the state of mental health services for children in Illinois as part of WBEZ's new series, Out of the Shadows, Eight Forty-Eight turned to two experts: Barbara Shaw chaired the task force that resulted in the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 and Mark Heyrma
Mental illness is a disease that knows no boundaries: It affects people of all incomes, races and ages.Monday, WBEZ kicked off a series documenting the lives of mentally ill children--and their families--in Illinois.
Ana is one of the many people profiled during WBEZ’s two-week series Out of the Shadows, exploring mental health and youth.A warning: listeners may find parts of her story disturbing.Tomorrow, the series explores some of the problems with medicating young people and learns more about the un