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A cluster of disruptive and isolating behaviors during a girl's childhood were empirically linked for the first time with young women's psychological disorders in a pioneering study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry.
Specifically, the cohort study of 932 school girls in Quebec that started in 1986-88 (at age six for most participants) and continued at ages 15 and 22 found five symptoms identified during childhood were linked to adult anxiety disorders and depression.
The identified childhood symptoms included: irritability; blaming others; not liked by others; crying frequently; and solitary behaviors.
While these initial symptoms of subsequent psychological disorders may begin in childhood, the study suggests if identified early, they may be treated to prevent anxiety and depression later in a young woman's life.
Moreover, the authors write (and we quote): 'our results suggest that girls may present symptoms, such as kicking, telling lies, and destroying things, but as long as the bridge symptoms such as not liked or irritable are not active, the risk of later developing anxiety disorders remains stable' (end of quote).
The study additionally suggests that other clusters of symptoms may be linked to diverse psychological disorders that need to be further identified by subsequent studies. The authors write (and we quote): 'more research is ... necessary to replicate our findings and investigate whether the bridge symptoms that we identified are also key indicators of other future mental disorders' (end of quote).
The authors conclude (and we quote): 'in the present study, we identified, for what we believe to be the first time, bridge symptoms between disruptive and internalizing communities in childhood and our findings suggest that these symptoms could be central in the developmental process leading to long-term anxiety' (end of quote).
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides an overview of age, stages of life, and health within the 'start here' section of MedlinePlus.gov's teen health health topic page.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provide a guide for teenagers to take charge of their health within the 'specifics' section of MedlinePlus.gov's teen health health topic page.
Links to the latest pertinent journal research articles about teen health are available in the 'journal articles' section of MedlinePlus.gov's teen health health topic page. Links to relevant clinical trials that may be occurring in your area also are available in the 'clinical trials' section.
To find MedlinePlus.gov's teen health health topic page, please type 'teen health' in the search box on MedlinePlus.gov's home page, then, click on 'teen health (National Library of Medicine).' MedlinePlus.gov also contains health topic pages that address: teen development; puberty; teen mental health; and teen sexual health.
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