Acne Linked to Significantly Higher Risk of Major Depressive Disorder

Acne linked with higher risk of depression       Risk highest in year after diagnosis

People with acne have a significantly increased risk of developing major depression, but only in the first five years after diagnosis, according to a large analysis of nearly two million people.

Isabelle Vallerand, from the University of Calgary, and colleagues looked at data that included those from The Health Improvement Network, a large database of medical records collected at Primary Care clinics throughout the United Kingdom. The findings indicated that the risk of depression was highest after a year of developing acne.

The New York Times reports that the 15-year study followed 134,427 men and women with acne and 1,731,608 without, the majority of which were under 19-years-old when the study began.

Most of the people with acne that were involved in the study were females, younger, non-smokers and of higher socioeconomic status, who were less likely to be alcohol drinkers or be obese.

A new study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada monitored acne patients' mood symptoms. The results showed that there was definitely a connection between and an acne diagnosis and an increased risk of developing depression in the subsequent years. They should also encourage patients to consult with a psychiatrist when necessary. Risk for major depression within one year of acne diagnosis was found to be 63% higher compared to individuals without acne, according to the study. In the first 5 years after acne diagnosis, the only covariate producing a confounding effect was sex. "It can have a substantial impact on overall mental health".

"For these patients with acne, it is more than a skin blemish - it can impose significant mental health concerns and should be taken seriously", researchers say.

While acne can affect anybody from all ages, it is most common among teenagers, usually appearing on their face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders.

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