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About 5 million children and adolescents in the U.S. suffer from a serious mental illness such as eating disorders, anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, pervasive development disorders, elimination disorders, learning disorders, schizophrenia, tic disorders, and mood disorders. Symptoms of mental illness include frequent outbursts of anger, hyperactivity, fear of gaining weight, excessive worrying, frequent temper tantrums, and hearing voices that aren't there. Treatment may involve medication, psychotherapy, and creative therapies.

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      • Depression symptoms and signs in teenagers
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      • What treatments are available for depression?
      • What is the general approach to treating depression?
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      • What about discontinuing antidepressants?
      • What are complications of depression?
      • What is the prognosis for depression?
      • How can depression be prevented?
      • What about self-help and home remedies?
      • How can someone help a person who is depressed?
      • Where can one seek help for depression?
      • What is in the future for depression?
      • Where can people find more information about depression?
    • Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a disabling brain disorder that may cause hallucinations and delusions and affect a person's ability to...learn more »
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      Schizophrenia Article
      • Schizophrenia facts
      • What is schizophrenia?
      • What are the different types of schizophrenia?
      • How common is schizophrenia in children?
      • What is the history of schizophrenia?
      • What are causes of schizophrenia? Is it hereditary?
      • What are schizophrenia symptoms and signs?
      • How is schizophrenia diagnosed?
      • What are treatments for schizophrenia and the side effects of those treatments?
      • What is the prognosis for schizophrenia?
      • What research is being done on schizophrenia?
      • Where can people get more information about schizophrenia?
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      Borderline Personality Disorder Article
      • Borderline personality disorder facts
      • What is borderline personality disorder (BPD)?
      • What other disorders often occur with BPD?
      • What causes borderline personality disorder?
      • What are the risk factors for borderline personality disorder?
      • What are borderline personality disorder symptoms and signs?
      • How is borderline personality disorder diagnosed?
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      • What are borderline personality disorder complications?
      • What is the prognosis of people with borderline personality disorder?
      • How can borderline personality disorder be prevented?
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      Dysthymia Article
      • Dysthymia facts
      • What is dysthymia?
      • What are causes and risk factors for dysthymia?
      • What are symptoms and signs of dysthymia?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose dysthymia?
      • What is the treatment for dysthymia?
      • What is the prognosis of dysthymia?
      • Is it possible to prevent dysthymia?
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      • What is Fragile X syndrome?
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      • Is there a cure for Fragile X syndrome?
      • Are there treatments for Fragile X syndrome?
      • Educational options
      • Therapeutic options
      • Medication options
      • What are the options for adults who have Fragile X syndrome?
      • What should I do if I find out someone in my family has Fragile X syndrome?
      • What is being done to develop treatments or a cure for Fragile X syndrome?
      • Where can I go for more information about Fragile X syndrome?
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      Mental Health Article
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