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How can mood disorders affect teens?

The lives of teens struggling with mood disorders can be marred by poor decisions and/or ineffective, misguided attempts to cope. Mood disordered teens may experience or perpetrate:
  • academic failure
  • destruction of property
  • school suspension or expulsion
  • social isolation
  • drug and alcohol use
  • frequent misunderstandings
  • inability to finish projects
  • reckless behavior (speeding, unprotected sex, over-spending)
  • extreme defiance
  • poor social relations
  • suicide attempts

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