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Bipolar Teens at Greater Risk of Substance Abuse
Date:6/5/2008

's something that we are currently investigating in genetic and neuro-imaging studies of this group."

Determining whether bipolar disorder begins before the start of substance abuse could prove of major importance.

"If BPD usually precedes substance abuse, there may be intervention points where we could reduce its influence on drug and alcohol abuse. Aggressive treatment of BPD could cut the risk of substance abuse, just as we have shown it does in ADHD," Wilens said.

The study was published in the June issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about bipolar disorder.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital, news release, June 2, 2008


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