Depression makes our hearts skip a bit and this is no good sign whatsoever, as depressed and bipolar teens are at risk to develop heart disease. Our fast changing times and the rapid pace of progress sometimes makes our minds go wild and roam on the distant and empty territories of sadness. Everything that happens in our minds is reflected by our bodies, which develop chain reactions that may endanger our health.
Teens suffering from depression and bipolar disorder must be monitored for early heart disease, as their mental illness oftentimes puts them at risk for many of the factors that lead to a damaged heart, a literally damaged heart.
A special announcement urges doctors to watch for heart and blood vessel disease among severely depressed teens. Young people nowadays face severe cases of depression as they fail to adapt to the new environments they must adhere to. School is now more challenging than ever, as behavior biases, misconceptions and social barriers are more active than they ever were in the past. Technology has changed everything, from the way we perceive reality to the way we act upon it and teenagers are the first victims of the change in paradigm.
According to recent estimations, major depression and bipolar disorder affect 10% of US adolescents. Major depression is estimated to be the main cause of disability among teens, while bipolar disorder is the fourth-leading cause. Adults with one of the mental health issues or both are more exposed in front of suffering from cardiovascular health issues, especially at earlier ages. High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol are known to harden the arteries.
Scientists have examined other factors which may contribute to the development of heart disease in early stages of life. Sedentary lifestyles, drug abuse and smoking are other variables that could increase the risk of heart disease among teenagers.
For instance, a population study conducted in 2011 on over 7000 young adults under the age of 30 revealed that attempted suicide and depression are the no. 1 risk factors for heart disease or death caused by clogged arteries in young women and the number four risk factor in young men.
This is first of all a warning sign sent to parents who are advised to look into their children’s behaviors and try to provide as much understanding, care and affection as possible. Depression installs when the feeling of loneliness becomes unbearable and loneliness is linked to lack of understanding and affection. Sometimes it is not enough to provide material goods for the ones around, covering them in precious gifts and offering them money to spend without a care, affection is what makes an individual strong and able to face life’s challenges.
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