If troubled kids aren't bipolar, then what is troubling them?

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2011 - 11:36 PM

Experts struggle to identify the causes and proper treatment of children with outbursts. Powerful psychotropic drugs may not be the answer.

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peppermint19Dec. 4, 11 7:15 AM

Why are drugs always our answer to everything. If the child is acting up just him a magical drug, if that one don't work try another and another. Maybe if parents weren't so busy doing everything else and spent more time with their kids they wouldn't have to act up to get their parents attention. Our society is on a downward spiral and we are going to be a third world county begging for help and there will be no one out there to help us. I just hope I am not alive to see this and I feel sorry for my own kids who will have to live in a world like that.

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northwdsgalDec. 4, 11 7:22 AM

What is troubling them??? How about the lack of parental and teacher discipline at home and in the schools??? Kids today lack ANY kind of respect AT ALL for anyone and parents have done their part to nurse that in them by bringing up their kids in this entitled fashion! A parent can't even spank a child on the butt or ground them for a week without someone reporting it to authorities and labeling it child abuse. And teachers can barely even raise their voice to a child, heaven forbid, without said child running home to the coddling parents and crying abuse. Lawsuits have run rampant in our ridiculous court system and parents have become their child's "best friend" instead of an authoritative parent. What would help millions of children is just good ol' fashioned discipline and a spank now and then. Didn't kill us when were were kids and we're more respectful, kind, compassionate, caring adults now because of it. Kids have been become products of their parents and there are a few generations of people out there that need to GROW UP!!! Parents and kids alike. Don't spank your child when they're misbehaving, Heaven forbid, pop them full of drugs instead - talk about abuse. Let discipline reign.

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cheltyDec. 4, 11 7:51 AM

Sounds like the bottom line is for parents to be PARENTS. Unforunately, giving a kid a pill at home seems "easier" than taking them to therapy and risking them telling all of the dirty little secrets. In all seriousness, there is the issue of paying for therapy. I realize in the long-run, it is more cost-efficient. However, most people aren't able to look past the next paycheck. The article doesn't touch the financial part at all, or what options might be available for the middle- and upper-lower-classes.

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zimmy11Dec. 4, 11 8:10 AM

Almost all of the bipolar kids come from single moms and have horrible diets.

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zimmy11Dec. 4, 11 8:12 AM

poor diet + single moms = bad kids.

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Thumper5316Dec. 4, 11 8:13 AM

Chelty..."Unforunately, giving a kid a pill at home seems "easier" than taking them to therapy and risking them telling all of the dirty little secrets". Parents can't even take the time to spend TIME with them. A lot of kids act out because they want attention. instead of taking them to a therapist why not just take the time to talk to your own kids. Get to know them. Most parents today don't know what their toddlers favorite toys or foods are until they get updates from their daycare providers. Many today are pathetic excuses as parents.

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thistimeDec. 4, 11 8:33 AM

Thanks for the story. It is all very interesting material. I would love to be the one who writes the book. To the other posters I would never recommend violence to anyone. Spanking a kid is an act of violence. How about telling them they have gotton themselves in some trouble , and teaching them how to work their way out of trouble. This is when you spend four hours right next to them working very hard cleaning the garage or kitchen or whatever else needs to be done. When the kids start to talk about what it is they are running from the healing can begin. Sadly some of the stuff is so embarassing “they think” that they do not talk about it with anyone. After 20 some years I talked about mine and just wish it would have been 20 some years sooner. It would have saved a lot of people a lot of head aches and resources. Especiaily me. I am thankfull for all the people who have helped me and realize it is something that still affects me and always will. Its a lot easier when you learn the whys and hows. Why you feel that way and how to get out of it. I also know why people act the way they do.

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nomedsDec. 4, 11 8:35 AM

Bad genetics = bad kids. Our DNA shapes and governs who and what we are. Thousands of studies support this and have been published. Read the book titles "The Bell Curve". Environment plays little or no role.

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furguson11Dec. 4, 11 8:38 AM

"zimmy11-poor diet + single moms = bad kids." I move to amend this statement by saying poor diet + living in a disorganized family sometimes = troubled kids. That way we avoid labeling the folks and kids doing well or those that have true medical problems. There must be some correlations published out there somewhere...

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ephrakerDec. 4, 11 9:11 AM

Poor behavior in children is nearly always linked to poor parenting, period. Do not mistake poor parenting and bad parents as bad people which is not always the case. "Oh they are such nice people". Well that doesn't mean that they have a clue about raising a child. Most children with behavior problems come from homes in which parents can see no wrong and never believe that their little angels would act out. Since their children are perfect it must be a medical condition thus taking away any responsibility of the parent and child. Before any behavior diagnosis is made in children there should be an at home assessment, mandatory counseling and parenting classes. Yeah, I know it will never happen.

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