Bad acne in teens Linked to Suicide Attempts

by Neela George on  November 13, 2006 at 5:13 PM Lifestyle News
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Bad acne in teens Linked to Suicide Attempts
Bad acne is influencing minds of young people giving them reason to attempt suicide, according to a new study.

The research was led by Peter Watson at Auckland University and its results have been published in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health. It revealed that 34 per cent of young people who had an acne problem had thought about killing themselves while 13 per cent had attempted suicide.

Dr Watson said, "There is now increasing recognition of the association of skin disease with mental health."

"At this age young people are developing a sense of identity and self-worth, and so they are potentially vulnerable to any adverse psychological effects associated with acne."

9570 New Zealand secondary school students provided the data required for this study.

Students with problem acne reported high rates of suicidal thoughts (34 per cent), depressive symptoms (24 per cent), anxiety (9 per cent) and suicide attempts (13 per cent).

However no link was found between depressive symptoms and anxiety in relation to gender, ethnicity, or age.

Dr Watson said, "The association of problem acne with suicide attempts is independent of anxiety and depressive symptoms."

"Our data suggest that doctors who see young people with problematic acne have a particularly important role to play in screening these young people for depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

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DavesDown

hi im 20 years old, ive had acne on and off over the years since 14. was pretty severe facial acne, no cysts but very widespread. roaccutane took care of that, and life was unreal for a couple years. ladies man, new car, sweet job. 210 pounds, lifting the biggest weights in the gym, and doing testosterone. how the mighty have fallen. in september this year my chest broke out from shoulder to shoulder, and even a little on my arms. painful cysts, conjoined cysts and widespread blackheads and whiteheads. at first i had a very proactive realistic approach, started seeing a cosmotologist and doing glycolic peels coupled with surgical extractions. after 3 months i lost hope started getting desperate and having drastic thoughts, that was depression day one. day after boxing day now and im 170 lbs, social life turned off, smoke an ounce of weed a week and barely leave the couch. im now receiving photodynamic therapy [red light and metvix ala] from a dermatoligist. 2 weeks since first treatment and im hopeful, seen minor improvement. doc says ill be clear by summer. despite this good news, i still think about jumping off my balcony every morning. My chest is so painful its hard to move. its so disfiguring ive had to take down my mirror in my room. no clothing is comfortable. i have no appetite. i havent shaved or cut my hair in months. i havent worked out since summer. im at a crossroads this afternoon. im either headed the route of depression and mental/physical illness and possibly suicide,or im going to pull my face from the mud and start trudging slowly up this mountain i have in front of me. im going to take a raincheck and see what you guys have to say. thanks all -Dave

depression_hurts

ive had acne sine i was 11 it was prety bad, like cysts and stuff, im 18 now with the same problem, learned to live with it although it does realy mess up your life. wouldnt be so bad if my face didnt constantly hurt all the time reminding me of it, ive also been diagnosed with severe depression for three years and ive had some thoughts of suicide [would never attempt]im also slightly insane/crazy now due to prolonged psycological trauma self loathing. but after a while you just get use to life

A2011

LISTEN PEOPLE. I MYSELF HAVE BEEN FACING BAD ACNE SINCE 4 MONTHS AND I HAVE TO SAY IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE COMPLETELY. BUT.. IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!!! PEOPLE HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS LIKE CANCER OR DEATH OF YOUNG ONES, WE CAN'T GIVE UP BCOZ OF THIS !!! THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO LIFE.. YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO BE STRONG, AND ALL YOU GUYS HAVE LIVED THROUGH ALOT OF IT, YOU CAN'T GIVE UP NOW!!! YOU GOT TO REMIND YOURSELF THE REASON YOU'VE HELD ON FOR SO LONG.. I REALLY FEEL ALL OF YOU PEOPLE AND TRUST ME LOOK FOR THE BIGGER THINGS IN LIFE AND YOUR ACNE WILL SEEM SMALL.. GIVING UP IS EASY, STAYING STRONG THROUGH THIS TURMOIL IS THE HARD PART.. I'M WITH ALL YOU GUYS, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP, WE HAVE TO HELP EACH OTHER AND NOT BUILD UP MORE OF THESE THOUGHTS, ALL OF THAT STUFF IS TOTALLY TEMPERORY ...BELIEVE ME THERE IS A GOD AND HE WILL LISTEN TO YOU SOMEDAY.. GOD BLESS AND STRENGTH BE WITH YOU ALL..

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