Nick was an exceptionally bright child with much love for his family. He could be stern, funny, and insightful, sometimes all at once. As he matured, his world expanded and his interests developed. He became a talented writer, composer, and singer. His peer group assumed great importance. Girls entered his life. Nick started to experience problems in school. His emotions were much more erratic. He became very self-analytical. He entered the world of mental illness, one of 3.5 to 4.5 million teenagers who are seriously emotionally disturbed.