Children who get depression are SIX times more likely to die prematurely in adulthood, study finds
- Swedish study of 1.4million people found higher risk for dozens of illnesses
- Not certain that depression directly causes higher risk, the scientists admitted
- But it should be taken into account when monitoring health of sufferers
Children who get diagnosed with depression between the ages of five and 19 are six times more likely to die young, according to a study.
Researchers in Sweden followed 1.4million people to test whether there was a link between childhood or teenage depression and worse health in adulthood.
They found that people who suffered with mental health disorder in their youth were more likely than non-sufferers to be diagnosed with dozens of serious illnessses.
These included type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, epilepsy, sleep disorders, liver disease and kidney disease.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and is found increasingly often among children and teenagers, studies have found.
The study, led by Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet, said that around 2.8 per cent of eight to 13-year-olds get the condition, along with 5.6 per cent of 14 to 18-year-olds.
The researchers behind it said it was the largest study to date to look at links between childhood mental health and physical health in adulthood.
Children and teenagers who get depression face living with worse health in adulthood, a Swedish study found (stock image)