Sometimes I wonder if bipolar can be a learned thing. The behaviors and responses/reactions that are described for sx just seem to describe a lot of pre teens/teenagers these days. When my difficult child was diagnosis with bipolar, he was inpatient somewhere and when I went for parent visitation and was talking to other parents, it seemed as if that was the diagnosis of the week. I work in the medical office and it amazes me how many people are carrying this diagnosis. Which leads me to believe it is a bigger problem than we think or because so many doctors are diagnosis this, the actual patients suffering with it are down played.