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Growing up too fast: early puberty and mental illness

posted Apr 10, 2013, 12:15 AM by Admin Osteoinfo
Puberty has long been recognised as a transition point in which many emotional and behavioural problems emerge. These include depression and anxiety, substance use and abuse, self-harm and eating disorders. We previously thought that children who entered puberty earlier than their peers were at greater risk of these problems because they were less equipped to cope with the transition. This may be part of the story. But we’re increasingly realising that social and emotional disadvantages and stresses in childhood may trigger early puberty. This possibility was explored in a study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which found children who go through puberty early showed signs of poorer mental health in early childhood.

Source: http://theconversation.com/growing-up-too-fast-early-puberty-and-mental-illness-13159