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Why Teens with Mental Health Conditions are at Greater Risk to Develop Substance Use Disorder?
Psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety, conduct disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) create a greater risk for the development of problematic substance use and addiction. Children who frequently take risks and have difficulty controlling impulses or following rules are also at higher risk for substance use problems. Adolescents and young adults with these characteristics are said to have what some term an “addictive personality.”