Link found between physical maturity and depression in young girls – YNN

Girls who develop early may be envied by their peers, but doctors said young females who physically mature faster are at higher risk of low self-esteem, depression, promiscuity and lower grades.

Research shows they also have a greater risk of becoming obese, developing hypertension and suffering from breast, ovarian and edometiral cancers.

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Depression in Women and Girls – Causes, Risk Factors

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Flaming June by Frederic Lord Leighton

Women suffer from unipolar (as opposed to bipolar or manic) depression in greater numbers than men do; twice as much by most estimates. Three times as many teenage girls as boys report having experienced an episode of major depression.

Causes

The reason or reasons why women have unipolar depression more frequently than men is less definite, due to a great extent to the fact that we don’t fully understand what causes depression, whether in men or women. Depression is a highly individual disease. Each case is different. One person’s depression may be wholly chemical, while someone else’s is brought on by events and stressful factors in her life. Yet another person may suffer depression due to a combination of chemical and environmental factors. Continue reading

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Attitude May Be Key to Overweight Girls’ Risk of Depression

FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) — Overweight teen girls who are happy with their size and shape have higher levels of self-esteem, are less likely to be depressed and are less prone to unhealthy behaviors than those who don’t like their bodies, researchers say.

For their study, University of California-San Diego researchers surveyed a group of more than 100 overweight teenagers between 2004 and 2006.

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