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
Over the past week, Eight Forty-Eight previewed a couple of personal stories from WBEZ's upcoming series, Out of the Shadows. The project focuses on the state of mental health resources for children in Illinois.
Earlier WBEZ series, Fifty-Fifty and Inside and Out, revealed that mental illness causes some kids to drop out of school and others to end up in jail: The new series Out of the Shadows continues that reporting.