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TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
02-03-2009, 09:59 PM,
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TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Spending more hours watching television or playing video games as a teenager may lead to depression in young adults, according to a study published Monday.

Researchers looked at the exposure to electronic media of 4,142 adolescents who were not depressed when the study began in 1995, before DVDs and the Internet were widely used.

The teens reported an average of 5.68 hours of media exposure per day, including 2.3 hours of television, 2.34 hours of radio, 0.62 hours of videocassettes and 0.41 hours of computer games.

Seven years later, when the participants were an average of 21.8 years old, 308 of them (7.4 percent) had developed symptoms consistent with depression.

"In the fully adjusted models, participants had significantly greater odds of developing depression by follow-up for each hour of daily television viewed," wrote the authors of the study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal.

"In addition, those reporting higher total media exposure had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily use," said the study, led by Brian Primack of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Young women were found to be less likely to develop symptoms of depression than young men when exposed to the same amount of electronic media.

Depression, the leading cause of non-fatal disability worldwide, commonly begins in adolescence or young adulthood, the article explained.

The authors noted that time spent engaging with electronic media may replace time that could be spent on social, athletic or intellectual activities that could guard against depression.

Messages transmitted through electronic media may encourage aggression, inspire fear or anxiety and hamper identity development, they added.

Being exposed to media at night may also disrupt sleep important for emotional and cognitive development.

"When high amounts of television or total exposure are present, a broader assessment of the adolescent's psychosocial functioning may be appropriate, including screening for current depressive symptoms and for the presence of additional risk factors," the authors said.

"If no other immediate intervention is indicated, encouraging patients to participate in activities that promote a sense of mastery and social connection may promote the development of protective factors against depression."



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02-03-2009, 11:34 PM,
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TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
Wasnt there another study that said video gamers lead a much happier life than non-gamers? Theres a contradiction here.
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02-18-2009, 02:44 PM,
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TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
Quote:Messages transmitted through electronic media may encourage aggression, inspire fear or anxiety and hamper identity development, they added.

drinking water may increase your chances of drowning.....
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02-21-2009, 12:46 PM,
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TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
I bet alex jones is spreading this horseshit

I fucking pwn at CS

TV is fucking boring comedy central makes you laugh and laughing helps depression

This study sucks
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03-24-2011, 05:11 PM,
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RE: TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
(03-24-2011, 10:48 AM)samoajoe Wrote: The most important thing here is that ff the symptoms of depression has been persistent for a long period of time, it's important to not self-diagnose. Consult the doctor and find out for sure if your teen is depressed or not. Clinical depression can happen to anybody, and it may be possible that your teen needs antidepressant and therapy to be able to deal with the depression effectively.
You aren't going to turn out to be a pharma spammer are you joe? Actually, self diagnosis is probably a better route. You might be depressed but most in the psychiatric field are certifiably bat shit crazy. The drugs are a scam and make people dependent while stripping them of their humanity. Better nutrition, more exercise, and some self-imposed CBT is vastly superior to any drug regimen for 90% of people with mental health issues.
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03-24-2011, 09:18 PM,
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RE: TV and video games increase teen depression risk: study (AFP)
The problem with this study is that it doesnt differentiate between the "chicken" and the "egg". In other words I am sure that very depressed people watch more TV and play more Video games (they probably read more than average as well) because they are trying to "escape".

However, that does not mean these things cause depression.

Dumb study.
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