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One-Quarter of Teenage Girls Depressed

Twenty-five percent of females between the ages of 16 to 19 will experience an episode of major depression and smokers are more likely to become depressed, according to a unique study led by a University of Alberta researcher. Decreases in social support and increases in smoking were both linked to increases in depressive symptoms. These adolescents are at risk for anxiety, eating and conduct disorders, as well as academic failure and problems in interpersonal relationships. More and more children and teens are being treated with antidepressants, many of which have been shown to cause suicide. As I said in a previous entry, optimizing the diet is clearly an important step in dealing with depression, and one of the most important tools will be to make sure you are getting enough omega-3 fats like those in fish oil and cod liver oil.

EurekAlert! February 3, 2004

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