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A Mother's Journey: A Son with Bi-polar and Substance Use Disorders

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One of the reasons this mother became passionate about mental health issues and addiction is because of the personal struggles her son experienced as someone with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. In clinical-speak, this is called dual diagnosis, or co-occuring disorders. Recovery was a very painful journey, however, she is proud of the man her son, Jackson, has become. While this article includes snippets related to Jackson's bipolar disorder, the focus is on his drug addiction.


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The oppositional child

Monday, January 12, 2015

Written by: Michael J. Swaney, M.D.

Most experienced parents will tell you that a certain amount of defiance basically comes with the child-rearing territory. It is not uncommon for a child to express opposition from time to time. After all, children are individuals with their own unique opinions and preferences. And occasionally, they will push back simply to get a rise out of Mom or Dad. However, when those occasional expressions become the norm instead of the exception, it's time to take action.

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