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Depression in teens may lead to violent behavior, reveals new study

According to the latest research spearheaded by Professor Seena Fazel from the Forensic Psychiatry Group at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, a modest increase in the risk of violence is a cause of depression.


By   |  Updated On : August 02, 2017 09:20 PM
Depression in teens may lead to violent behavior, reveals new study. (Representative Photo)

Depression in teens may lead to violent behavior, reveals new study. (Representative Photo)

New Delhi :  

Teen depression may increase the risk of an aggressive violence in adolescents. However, early detection and intervention can prevent things from going out of hand completely, a new research revealed.

According to the latest research spearheaded by Professor Seena Fazel from the Forensic Psychiatry Group at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, a modest increase in the risk of violence is a cause of depression.

Under the study, researchers have studied three representative samples in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Finland and analyzed the link between depression and violence. Researchers used complementary measures of depression, including self-report and clinical diagnoses, and various measurements of evaluating nature of violence.

The research result showed that 7.1 per cent of individuals with depression were associated with one or more violent crimes in the Finnish sample, compared with 3.6 per cent in the general population without depression. Across different samples and measurements, the study found a consistent design of increased risk of later violence. In the Finnish sample, the chance of triggered violence in individuals with a diagnosis of depression was found to be nearly double, compared to those without depression.

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Reserachers founds high rates of depression among adolescents in juvenile detention and correctional facilities (11 per cent in boys and 29 per cent in girls).

Researchers also studied teens longitudinal design, allowed them to take into account previous violence, enambling them to test whether adolescent depression is associated with changes in violence over time. They found a uniform pattern of increased risk of later violenece across samples prevalent in adolescents and younga adultswith depression.

According to the Dr Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager, Baidyanath,"certain herbs Brahmi and Ashwagandha can play a crucial role when your thinking ability or cognitive skills decline duie to depression.Not only Ashwagandha and Brahmi, Jatamansi, pudina, and Dashamoola can also use to prevent depression.

First Published: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 08:35 PM

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