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Study on acne patients and depression rates

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Wow! Pretty disturbing facts. I wonder if doctors are aware of this.

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and? this is like saying starving people are more likely to be skinny or a virgin is less likely to become pregnant. just a big fat DUH. we dont need studies to tell us we're depressed

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There's a difference between being "depressed" about acne and being clinically depressed as a result of the convergence of multiple stressors. So the important take-away is that even though acne is often dismissed as a minor bother, it can be a major contributor to the onset of clinical depression.

Hopefully this kind of research will result in dermatologists taking the psychological state of their patients more seriously.

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yea, who woulda thunk??

what a waste of scientific capital.

Not a waste if it makes medical doctors more aware of the connection between acne and depression. And while it may seem like a "no duh" connection to you, it is important to determine the magnitude of the connection, not just the fact that we think a connection might exist (the medical community is kinda funny in that they prefer actual proof in the form of data...).

There's a difference between being "depressed" about acne and being clinically depressed as a result of the convergence of multiple stressors. So the important take-away is that even though acne is often dismissed as a minor bother, it can be a major contributor to the onset of clinical depression.

Hopefully this kind of research will result in dermatologists taking the psychological state of their patients more seriously.

Excellent points!

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What was also interesting was the highest rate of depression in acne patients was found in adult women over the age of 35.

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Hmm...You would think doctors would fine a "cure" for acne then. Unrealistic, I know. But I can dream.

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What was also interesting was the highest rate of depression in acne patients was found in adult women over the age of 35.

I think it's because they're not expected to have acne. People say that it usually disappears at 23-24. And when you're 35 with acne it kind of brakes the myths about acne.

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yeah...ive suffered from acne for 5 years now..im 18 and it still looks terrible....this depression hasnt left me at all

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Actually, you would think it would be as simple as 'acne causing depression' but the multitude of causes that produce both conditions are probably more connected than you think.

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