Laurie says the reason she and Zach wanted to talk about their family struggles on The Oprah Show is to help the millions of other families dealing with the hidden stigma of mental illness. "When you're living with kids like this, you get so used to the chaos and the dysfunction that you actually don't even realize what a normal family is," she says.
In 2000, Oprah Show viewers met a little boy named Brit. Like Zach, Brit was full of rage. At just 4 years old, he could rant for hours over his mother telling him to clean his room.
After that appearance, Brit was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder and got the right medication. He graduated from high school as a member of the National Honor Society and is on a full scholarship to Baylor University.
Watch Brit's message of hope to Zach and Laurie.
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