Depressed teenagers are more likely to develop arthritis when they get older, new research suggests.
While youngsters suffering from anxiety have a higher chance of being plagued by a host of skin diseases, scientists claim.
Experts say the findings show the need to treat both mental disorders and physical diseases together from an early age.
While youngsters suffering from anxiety have a higher chance of being plagued by a host of skin diseases, researchers from the University of Basel, Switzerland, found
Swiss and German researchers assessed 6,500 teenagers to examine the link between physical diseases and mental illnesses.
They noted that some conditions tend to occur more frequently in adolescents if they have previously suffered from certain mental disorders.
While depression and anxiety have previously been found to be diagnosed more often after the onset of a physical disease.
They discovered periods of depression were frequently followed by arthritis and diseases of the digestive system.
Teenagers suffering from depression are more likely to have arthritis as they grow older, scientists claim
Anxiety disorders were found to be more common if the teenager had already suffered from heart disease.
While a link between epilepsy and subsequent eating disorders was also found, in the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Lead researcher Marion Tegethoff, from the University of Basel, said: ‘For the first time, we have established that epilepsy is followed by an increased risk of eating disorders.’
She added that this phenomenon had previously only been described only in single case reports.
Approaches to epilepsy treatment could have potential in the context of eating disorders, she says.
This comes after a report in March stated more needs to be done to address the psychological problems associated with being ill.
Health officials also were asked to look out for the physical issues that come as a result of mental health problems, according to The King’s Fund.