Comparison of Physical Health Conditions among Adolescents Aged 12 to 17 with and without Major Depressive Episode

Examines the association between major depressive episode (MDE), self-rated overall health, and selected health conditions (including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, obesity, and diabetes) among adolescents in a U.S. nationally representative sample.Combined data from the 2005 to 2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs) showed worse overall health ratings among those with past year MDE compared with those without past year MDE. Asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia were more likely among adolescents with past year MDE compared with adolescents without past year MDE.

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