Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Teens want to clear up misconceptions.(Health)

Byline: Stories by Jackie Jadrnak Of the Journal

The three teens, all diagnosed with bipolar disorder, have a few things they want people to understand.

All of them are a little different and should be judged as individuals. It's silly to assume they will turn into the Unabomber because they have a mental illness. And, oh yeah, they're really tired of getting what they consider to be stupid questions from therapists about how they feel.

"I want (people) to understand it's not some foreign disease. We're really just normal kids with a little bit of a chemical imabalance. That's all," said Anisha Imhoff-Kerr, 15.

Imhoff-Kerr, Kelsi Clayton and James Roach all are slated to speak at a conference in Albuquerque Friday focusing on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. …

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