1 in 3 Teens with Bipolar Disorder Develop Substance Abuse Problems

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girl_drinkingTeens with bipolar disorder face a number of challenges--misdiagnosis, impulsive behaviors, rapid mood changes, risk-taking. Now a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has shown that 1 in 3 teens with bipolar disorder will develop substance abuse problems.

The study also found that experimentation with alcohol was the strongest predictor of later substance abuse.

Parents who need help monitoring the care of teens diagnosed with bipolar disorder can check out our Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens.



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