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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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      Anxiety Article
      • Generalized anxiety disorder facts
      • What is anxiety?
      • What are the types of anxiety disorders?
      • What are anxiety symptoms and signs?
      • What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
      • How common is generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Are other mental health diagnoses associated with generalized anxiety disorder?
      • What are causes and risk factors for generalized anxiety disorder?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
      • What types of specialists treat generalized anxiety disorder?
      • What is the treatment for anxiety?
      • What are the side effects of anxiety medications?
      • What are complications of generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Is it possible to prevent anxiety?
      • What is the prognosis of generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Are there support groups for those with generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Where can people find additional information on generalized anxiety disorder?
    • 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
      • What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose depression?
      • 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?
      • Is it possible to prevent depression?
      • 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?
    • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal...learn more »
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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?
    • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes the following symptoms in children: excessive activity, problems...learn more »
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      ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children) Article
      • Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD in children) facts
      • What is ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
      • What are risk factors and causes of ADHD in children?
      • What are childhood ADHD symptoms and signs?
      • How is ADHD assessed? Are there ADHD tests? What types of doctors diagnose and treat 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?
    • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens Bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness, is a disorder that causes unusual and extreme mood changes. Symptoms of bipolar...learn more »
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      Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens Article
      • What is bipolar disorder?
      • Who develops bipolar disorder?
      • Why does someone develop bipolar disorder?
      • What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?
      • Can children and teens with bipolar disorder have other problems?
      • How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?
      • How is bipolar disorder treated?
      • What can children and teens expect from treatment?
      • How can I help my child or teen?
      • How does bipolar disorder affect parents and family?
      • Where do I go for help?
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