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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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      • 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)?
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      • 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?
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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
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      • Depression symptoms and signs in teenagers
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      • 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?
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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?
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      • 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?
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      Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Article
      • Borderline personality disorder facts
      • What is borderline personality disorder (BPD)?
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      • What causes borderline personality disorder?
      • What are the risk factors for borderline personality disorder?
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      • How can someone find a specialist who treats borderline personality disorder?
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      • 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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      • What is Down syndrome?
      • What causes Down syndrome?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of Down syndrome?
      • How is Down syndrome diagnosed?
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      • What is the life expectancy for someone with Down syndrome?
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      Teen Drug Abuse Article
      • Teen drug abuse facts
      • What drugs are abused by teenagers?
      • What are some adolescent drug use statistics?
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      • How can parents prevent drug use?
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      • What is drug abuse?
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