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Teen Suicide, Mood Disorder, and Depression: What Parents Need to Know

Most teens who kill themselves have a mood disorder (bipolar disorder or depression). A mood disorder is an ­illness of the brain. It can come on suddenly or be present on and off for most of a teen’s life. A teen with a mood disorder may be in one mood for weeks or months or switch quickly from one feeling to another. 

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