Bipolar & The Future
Checkups on Mental Health
by Susan Knox Kopta
How can I ask you to talk about this?
For you to have to ask, I do not wish
But screening's not on the GP’s list
Parents’ fears mean asking they resist
It doesn’t get addressed, all afraid to ask
It must become a yearly checkup task
It's better managed than left untended
Children need to be helped and befriended
Mental health has its own set of clues
Disorders don't just pop out of the blue
Is there deep compassion but also rage?
Does it seem to last longer than a stage?
Is there difficulty finding deep sleep?
Are activities stuck on repeat?
Are projects dived into with full steam?
Followed by sleep forever it seems?
Maybe now you see what I mean
Normal can be abnormal in extremes
If a pattern appeared on a teen's chart
That could be a very good place to start