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Diagnoses of mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spike in adolescence and early adulthood, but researchers may one day be able to identify children at higher risk and prevent later onset, a leading neuroscientist said at a AAAS Capitol Hill briefing.

Teens are fascinated by their brains, the way they work, change, and even “freeze” sometimes. The AAAS Science Inside Alcohol Project recommends that parents, teachers and caregivers use that fascination to engage middle- and high school students this holiday season in a discussion of why they shouldn’t drink alcohol.