EMPOWER got started in 1999 over a cup of coffee between two mothers whose children were diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Resources for adults with bipolar disorder were available, but there was very little information on this diagnosis in children.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
EMPOWER Colorado is an organization created by families to SUPPORT, EDUCATE and ADVOCATE for families. We define family as anyone who directly contributes to caring for children and youth who have, or are at risk for developing mental health disorders, also know as Brain Disorders. Children are not always diagnosed with a specific disorder but exhibit symptoms where they struggle with social, emotional, mental and/or behavioral challenges.
Some of the common diagnoses our children have include: Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder, PDD Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome), Schizophrenia, Attachment Disorders (RAD), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, PTSD and Trauma.
Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms present in almost all of the diagnoses but in many cases it is also a disorder unto itself. Some of the common Anxiety Disorders seen in children include: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder and Phobic Disorders.