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Test for teen depression

18th February 2014

Researchers from Cambridge University, have tested 1,858 teenagers by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences over 3 years.

Teenage Boy

They found those with high cortisol levels and depressive mood symptoms were 14 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those with low cortisol levels and no depressive symptoms (such as feeling miserable, lonely or unloved).

75% of mental health disorders develop before the age of 24. The studies found that 17% of boys were in a high-risk category and 50% were diagnosed with clinical depression during the study.

Although there are many reasons why the test did not work for women. They, for example, are twice as likely as men to develop depression during their lifetimes and naturally have higher levels of cortisol.

One of the researchers, Professor Ian Goodyer, said: "Through our research, we now have a very real way of identifying those teenage boys most likely to develop clinical depression.

"This will help us strategically target preventions and interventions at these individuals and hopefully help reduce their risk."

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