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Does Adolescent Stress Lead to Mood Disorders in Adulthood?

Stress may be more hazardous to your mental health than previously believed. A series of studies has found that there may be a link between the recent rise in depression and the increase of daily stress.

To assess stress levels, researchers measured the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol present in children's saliva. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by your body in response to stressful life events and challenges.

According to Science Daily:

“... [R]ecent findings have shown that the adolescent offspring of at-risk families have higher salivary cortisol levels than kids from families without disorders. What's more ... these elevated levels persist into young adulthood.”

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