It's widely accepted that there's a strong association between mental health and physical health. Now, researchers have identified a pattern: teens with depression are more likely to develop digestive disorders and arthritis, and young people with anxiety are more likely to develop skin problems.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from about 6,500 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18. In addition to the depression/digestive disorders and arthritis links and the anxiety/skin disorder link, they also found a link between epilepsy and an increased risk for eating disorders.
According to researchers, a better understanding of the causal relationships between mental health disorders and physical conditions could lead to better prevention and treatment strategies. Recognizing that mental and physical disorders often co-occur and treating problems earlier could help reduce the risk for lifelong health issues.
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