Consequences of Teenage Depression
In this long-term follow-up of depressed teenagers, we study the socio-economical effects and the consequences on mental and physical health of those who have suffered depression from an early age.
The follow-up is based on the large epidemiological survey of depression that was comprised of all the 16-17 year old high school students in Uppsala in the early 1990s. Participants were followed-up when they were 30-33 years old, and continued follow-ups are planned for the participants who are now in their 40s. Whatever consequences depression had is studied by comparing those with depression with non-depressed controls.
The research team has been able to show, among other things, that teenage depression increases the risk for worse mental and physical health in adulthood as well as a lower level of education and more psychosocial stress.
Margareta Möller, Universitetssjukvårdens forskningscentrum (UCF), Region Örebro län
Inna Feldman, Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa, Uppsala Universitet
Kristina Alexanderson, Sektionen för försäkringsmedicin, Karolinska Institutet
Sven Bölte, Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet (KIND), Karolinska Institutet