The Quest to Cure Pediatric Mental Illnesses

Why Is It Urgent?

One in every hundred children suffers from this disorder, and one in every five children who visit mental health clinics has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Out of those children, one in every four children tries to commit suicide with poor recovery and a high relapse rate. We have shown that these children are 16 times more likely to have a family history of bipolar disorder than their healthy peers. They are at a high risk to fail at school, fight with their peers, use drugs, and cause misery, aggravation and conflict at home, affecting the entire family system. This is an urgent problem.

One in every thirty-three children suffers from this disorder, and one in every eight adolescents has been diagnosed with depression. Well over half of these children relapse within seven years. These children are at a high risk for disruptions with peer and family relationships, poor academic performance, and suicide.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in children and adolescents. One out of ten children has been diagnosed with ADHD. These children show clear impairment at home and at school, affecting their overall social and academic functioning. Prevention and Intervention

The good news is that we are in an exciting, history-altering decade where scientific paradigms are shifting. Innovative “high risk-high impact” research methods now bring significant contributions to the field, and at The Brain Center, we are deeply invested in transforming lives through building better brains and bringing smiles to children with bipolar disorder. Through pharmacotherapy, neuroplasticity enhancing cognitive interventions, brain and mind crafting psychotherapies, and novel paradigms, we are seeking treatments that improve the healthy development of children with mental health issues that bring a true paradigm shift.

Your contribution will directly help accelerate such development and growth along with the support we receive from the NIMH and benevolent foundations. We hope that you will join our hands in this quest, with the promise to transform the lives of these children as they become productive, happy, healthy, and peaceful individuals.


The Brain Center and the clinic is a part of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program, The Colbeth Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, the Institute for Juvenile Research, and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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