Severe acne was previously seen as a significant contributory factor in childhood depression. Experts have long been studying the connection between acne and teens developing psychological problems such as low self esteem and depression. But a previous study suggests children suffering from severe acne, as early as 8-9 years old, are now more prone to forming depression during these early years of life. The study also notes the significant increase in suicide rates for kids with severe acne conditions as opposed to kids who don’t.
With these alarming claims, scientists are digging deep into the real causes behind heightened suicide attempts in children and teens suffering from severe acne. Some attribute the dangerous psychological effects to the drug treatments and not just the health condition in itself.
A research conducted in Sweden between the years 1980 and 1989, noted over 100 individuals, out of the 6,000 respondents, were admitted to hospitals after more than 10 years following the treatment due to suicide attempts. Out of these hospitalized patients, 17 males including 7 females died of suicide. More updated research in the British Medical Journal reported that the risks for suicide were at its highest just within 6 months after the treatment.
Since depression is also attributed to hormonal changes and imbalance, scientists believe that most acne treatment drugs are one of the main causative agents behind these suicide attempts.
Over the past few years, childhood psychologists have proven that acne, especially severe cases, and other skin problems are leading causes of depression. The fact that acne is caused by hormones during the stages of puberty, which is also highly relevant to the link between depression and hormonal changes, and the psychological effects of society in the mindset of kids towards outer appearance, provides us clues as to why most kids develop these psychological problems in relation to acne and their age range.
Most countries offer effective solutions for acne treatment. Melbourne clinics in Australia offer systemic acne treatment for mild and severe cases. The American Academy of Dermatology is also looking into the progress of acne treatment therapies such as laser treatment and improved topical creams. Most countries in Asia are also conducting research in developing herbal treatment for severe acne for the past few years.
While medical science offers a wide range of solutions to the physical problems presented by acne, experts still believe that the underlying factors contributing to childhood depression should receive more focus to be able to address the growing numbers of suicide attempts among kids and teens.
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