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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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      ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children) Article
      • Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD in children) facts
      • What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
      • What are risk factors and causes of ADHD in children?
      • What are signs and symptoms of ADHD in children?
      • Are there ADHD tests? How do physicians diagnose ADHD in children?
      • What are the treatments for ADHD in children? What are possible side effects of ADHD medications?
      • What are complications and the prognosis of ADHD in children?
      • Is it possible to prevent ADHD in children?
      • What is the latest research on ADHD in children?
      • Are there support groups for children with ADHD?
      • Where can people find more information on ADHD in children?
    • Depression Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one...learn more »
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      Depression Article
      • Depression facts
      • What is a depressive disorder?
      • What are myths about depression?
      • What are the types of depression, and what are depression symptoms and signs?
      • Depression symptoms and signs in men
      • Depression symptoms and signs in women
      • Depression symptoms and signs in teenagers
      • Depression symptoms and signs in children
      • What are the risk factors and causes of depression?
      • Postpartum depression
      • How is depression diagnosed?
      • What treatments are available for depression?
      • What is the general approach to treating depression?
      • What about sexual dysfunction related to antidepressants?
      • 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 for depression?
      • 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 the definition of schizophrenia?
      • How common is schizophrenia in children?
      • What is the history of schizophrenia?
      • What are schizophrenia causes? Is schizophrenia hereditary?
      • What are schizophrenia symptoms and signs?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose schizophrenia? Are there particular tests that detect schizophrenia?
      • What are treatments for schizophrenia and the side effects of those treatments?
      • What are potential complications of schizophrenia? What is the prognosis for schizophrenia?
      • What research is being done on schizophrenia?
      • Where can people get more information about schizophrenia? How can people find a support group, specialists who treat the illness, or other assistance for schizophrenia?
    • Down Syndrome Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that is caused by an additional set of chromosomes in a developing fetus. Distinctive facial...learn more »
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      Down Syndrome Article
      • What is Down syndrome?
      • What causes Down syndrome?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of Down syndrome?
      • How is Down syndrome diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for Down syndrome?
      • What are the potential complications of Down syndrome?
      • What is the prognosis for someone with Down syndrome?
      • What is the life expectancy for someone with Down syndrome?
      • Can Down syndrome be prevented?
    • Children's Health Children's health is focused on the well-being of children from conception through adolescence. There are many aspects of...learn more »
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      Children's Health Article
      • Introduction to children's health
      • Children's growth and development
      • Children's illnesses
      • Children's injuries
      • Children's behavior
      • Children's mental illness
      • Family health and children
      • Community health and children
      • Health care for children
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      Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) 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 do health-care professionals diagnose borderline personality disorder?
      • What is the treatment for borderline personality disorder?
      • How can someone find a specialist who treats borderline personality disorder?
      • What are borderline personality disorder complications?
      • What is the prognosis of people with borderline personality disorder?
      • Is it possible to prevent borderline personality disorder?
      • Where can I get more information on borderline personality disorder?

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