Real Life Stories

Depending on when you talked to 15–year–old Karla, she was either the happiest girl alive or barely able to muster the energy to talk at all. At her best, she felt on top of the world and would go on spending sprees at the mall, buying all her friends and acquaintances gifts because she cared so much about them. She is giddy and cheerful but can quickly become enraged. She wants to go to Hollywood to become a big movie star.

When not bragging about being the next greatest rock star, 17–year–old Alonso was prone to bouts of sullen and moody behavior that left him lying in bed all day wondering if he should just throw out his guitar. When he was in this mood nothing anyone did or said seemed to help.

Both Karla and Alonso have Bipolar Disorder.