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Substance Use Disorder Risks in Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Posted on January 8, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Substance Use Disorder Risks in Teens With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is the common term for a group of mental illnesses that center on unusual, dysfunctional fluctuations in normal mood. The American Psychiatric Association currently recognizes three main forms of these illnesses, as well as several secondary forms. People affected by a bipolar disorder have increased chances of developing a substance use disorder (the term used to describe problems with substance abuse or substance dependence).

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Posted on December 9, 2013 in Teen Mental Health

Teens With Bipolar Disorder More Likely Than Peers to Have Substance Use Disorder

Research has shown that having one form of mental illness puts a person at risk for a second form of mental illness.

A 2008 study took a narrow look at how teenage onset bipolar disorder (BPD) may predispose a young person for a substance use disorder (SUD). The research concluded that people who are diagnosed with BPD during early adolescence face a significantly higher risk for substance abuse than teens without the disorder. Those findings are not only helpful in identifying a particular risk factor, but they arm physicians with important information to share with bipolar disorder patients.

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