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Seeking help, support for bipolar kids


Local mom warns of dangers of 'suicidal condition'



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Arelys Torres, of Southbridge, is eager to create a support group in town for parents and families dealing with children, like her son Raymond, 9, diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Mark Ashton. (click for larger version)
July 26, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Like most mothers, Arelys Torres is concerned about her children – even defensive and protective, especially when one is "picked on" or singled out for ridicule or what she considers mistreatment.

She's like a mother bear and her cub, in fact, with 9-year-old Raymond, who until recently was the target of taunts and dismissive treatment by teachers and other adults, says Torres — not to mention having to deal with the demons associated with bipolar disorder, a potentially life-threatening mental illness.

"I'm trying to create a bipolar awareness group," says Torres. "There's nothing in this town or neighboring towns to help me deal with it."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Dan Kenney
StonebridgePress
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