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 Daniel J. Nellum Youth Services, Inc.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Youth

Bipolar disorder is a biologically based disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and impairs their ability to function. It causes dramatic mood swings - from overly "high" and/or irritable mood to sad and hopeless mood, and then back again. In older adolescents and adults there are often periods of normal mood in between. These mood related changes are accompanied by severe changes in energy and behavior. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression..

Two of the brain-signaling pathways targeted by drugs of abuse transmit dopamine and serotonin:  Dopamine and serotonin are chemicals (also known as neurotransmitters) that are normally involved in communication between neurons in the brain.  Abused substances can influence functions modulated by either or both of these chemicals.  Dopamine is found in numerous brain areas (blue) related to pleasure, motivation, motor function, and saliency of stimuli or events.  Serotonin, (red) plays a role in learning, memory, sleep, and mood.

Adolescent brain and Substance abuse Addiction

 Presented by Dr. Maryse Nazon on 10/23/2012


 This 44 slide presentation tackles the effect of substance abuse on the adolescent brain. This is a must read for parents, social workers, psychologists and all others in the medical profession who attend to or cater to the wellbeing or treatment of adolescents.