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Acne could drive teenagers to commit suicide

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Teenagers with 'problem acne' are more likely to be anxious, depressed and attempt suicide, according to a new study.

Teenagers with 'problem acne' are more likely to be anxious, depressed and attempt suicide, according to a new study.

Researchers in New Zealand gave questionnaires to 9,567 adolescents aged 12 to 18 and found that 14.1% reported having 'problem acne', 23% reported suicidal ideation and 7.8% suicide attempts.

Those with problem acne were twice as likely to report depressive symptoms, 2.3 times as likely to have anxiety and 1.8 times as likely to attempt suicide as those without acne problems.

The association between acne and suicide attempts remained even after the researchers controlled for depression and anxiety.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2006;42:793-796

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