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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on May 26, 2010

A new study paints a disturbing portrait for youth diagnosed and taking medications for mood disorders.

In one of the first studies of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 with mental illnesses and taking medications, Case Western University researchers discovered adolescents may face social isolation.

Researchers found that at least 90 percent of the study’s participants reported experiencing some form of stigma. Investigators believe the isolation can lead to shame, secrecy and limited social interactions.

Forty adolescents in the study reported that the attitudes of parents and schools either protect against or magnify the youth’s feelings of being different or ashamed that they have a mental illness.

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