Thursday, May 15, 2008

Teenagers, dope and depression

Teenagers suffering from depression sometimes use alcohol, cigarettes and illegal drugs to alleviate their negative feelings. Depressed teenagers are more than twice as likely than non-depressed teenagers to use cannabis and other illegal drugs. However, by using cannabis to 'self-medicate' they could be making the situation worse. Teenagers who smoke cannabis at least once a month are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than non-users and cannabis use has also been linked to an increased risk of schizophrenia and psychosis.

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