Friday, April 10, 2015

One in three teens has one mental and one physical disease

There seems to be a relationship between specific mental conditions and certain physical conditions.

Researchers at the Univ of Basel and the Ruhr Universitat Bochum published a study in Psychosomatic Medicine that seems to show that in teens, depression occurs together with diseases of the digestive system, eating disorders with seizures, and anxiety disorders with arthritic, heart disease, and also digestive disease.

Previous studies in adults have also shown that mental and physical problems are not random and can occur in tandem.

Shockingly, the researchers showed that 35.3% of children and adolescents reported at least one mental disorder and one physical disease. The strongest correlation was between depression and digestive ills.

The researchers say age, gender, or socioeconomic status are not factors.

They cannot say from this finding that one causes the other or how they are connected. More work is needed.

I have never heard this before--had you?

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