I could hear the screaming from outside of the house. I stopped and listened for evidence of escalation and/or violence, decided it was just screaming and decided to go do something else until the battle was over. Aren't the holidays fun?
Dr. Ken Eisold, a psychoanalyst writing for Psychology Today states in his article, "Anger and Exercise", "Anger is a normal and adaptive response to an attack or a threat. It has been useful in our evolutionary struggle for survival. The brain detects the danger and the body is aroused and energized to react with fight or flight."
The opposite of being totally consumed by someone you cannot live without is not being totally consumed by someone you can't stand. The consumption is still there, only inverted. The opposite of love, therefore, is not hate...
A recent article on the Child Psychology Research Blog, "ADHD Medications and School Performance" cites a research study which shows that "medication alonemay not have a significant impact on" the childrens' school functioning.
I really have a problem with the recent surge in diagnosing children with Bipolar Disorder. The children I see with this diagnosis are often the victims of serious issues at home, issues which may even include abuse. Some struggle with PTSD and the mood swings which are inherent in a traumatized individual are attributed to "Bipolar Disorder" and medicated.