Young adults at greater risk of depression
Study finds they are more affected by associated problems like low self-esteem
When it comes to depression, it matters whether you are a man or woman, young or old. At least, this is what a first-of-its-kind study by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) suggests.
A look at the symptoms reported by patients who visited general practitioners (GPs) for other illnesses found that young adults appear at greater risk of the ailment. They were more affected by many problems associated with depression: from weight loss to sadness and low self-esteem.
Younger people also appeared harder hit by fluctuating appetites, and showed a greater inability to experience pleasure from activities that are usually enjoyable, such as exercise and hobbies.
In contrast, those aged above 35 had more trouble than their younger counterparts in only one area - sleeping during the night.