Saturday, September 10, 2011

Teen brides more likely to develop mental illness

Young brides are more likely to struggle with mental illness, according to research.

Young brides are more likely to struggle with mental illness, according to research.
 
Teen brides have more to worry about then just growing up too fast. 

Women who marry before their 18th birthday are more likely to struggle with mental illness, according to statistics from the U.S. National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

Young newlywed women are more likely than older brides to suffer from panic disorder, bipolar disorder and depression, according to research published in Pediatrics. 

"We found that the level of lifetime mental disorders among women married as children is much higher than for women married as adults," psychiatrist Dr. Yann Le Strat, principal investigator on the study told PsychCentral. "Being married as a child is associated with a 41 percent increase in the prevalence of psychiatric disorder."

All around the world, being a child bride puts women at risk for all kinds of physical and psychological ailments, including HIV, unwanted pregnancy and death from childbirth. 

However, this is the first time that the mental health effects of young brides have been studied. 

"Our research may help governments deliver mental health services, and could help inform debate around marriage legislation," Dr. Bernard Le Foll, co-author and a clinician scientist with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health said.

There’s no cure for marrying too young but there is treatment for women who suffer from these conditions, including cognitive therapy, medication and early intervention.

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