Bi-polar disorder appears first in teen years

A study of a very large sample of teens, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and reported in Reuters , finds that the number of teens experiencing mania, a symptom of bi-polar disorder generally thought to appear in the 20s and 30s, is comparable to the adult statistics.  Treatments are available and effective, but prevention and intervention efforts need to begin earlier in the life span than earlier thought.

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