Early Menstruation Cause Depression During Adolescence
They involved girls aged 10, 13 and 14 years old to examine the relationship between the initial time of periods and depression.
The studies showed that girls who get their first period before age 11.5 years old tend to experience depression at age 13 and 14 years old. Then, those who got their first menstruation at the age of 13.5 years old are relatively experience less symptoms.
“Girls who mature early may feel isolated and have to face reality and changes, where they are not ready emotionally,” said head researcher Dr Carol Joinson of the School of Social and Community Medicine, Bristol University, according to NY Daily News.
These changes include hormonal fluctuations and conflicts with friends or parents. This includes when they suddenly get special attention from the opposite sex.
This study only sees the depression trigger in adolescents based on early menstrual period. The relationship between early puberty and depression is at least useful to develop a pattern of psychological therapy to mute it, sort of a counseling.
“If young girls with early puberty are at greater risk to be exposed to psychological problems, it is important to help them either through school or family-based program, aimed as a precautionary measure,” said Joinson.