Bad acne causes teens to attempt suicide, finds study

NZ Herald 13 Nov 06
Bad acne is messing with the minds of young people, causing some to attempt suicide, a new study finds. The research, led by Peter Watson at Auckland University and published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, showed that 34 per cent of young people with problem acne had thought about killing themselves, and 13 per cent had attempted suicide.
“There is now increasing recognition of the association of skin disease with mental health,” Dr Watson said. “At this age young people are developing a sense of identity and self-worth, and so they are potentially vulnerable to any adverse psychological effects associated with acne.”
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