MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. George Patton
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute,
Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Patton: Although there has been wide acceptance that the teens are a time when emotional problems are common, views have been polarized about their significance. Some have viewed these problems are usual for this phase of life with little significance for later life mental health; others have argued that early psychiatric intervention was essential given the risks of ongoing disorders.
In this sample almost two thirds of girls and a third of boys had an episode of emotional troubles (anxiety and depression) at a level that would concern a family physician. For those where the episode were brief lasting weeks to months, recovery without further later life episodes was common. In contrast those with persistent (longer than 6 months) or recurrent emotional problems during the teens had a high likelihood of similar problems with depression and anxiety in their twenties. In general these emotional problems persisted more in females than in males.