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Girls Who Complain About Their Problems at Greater Risk of Developing Anxiety and Depression, says MU Researcher

Girls Who Complain About Their Problems at Greater Risk of Developing Anxiety and Depression, says MU Researcher A new study from the University of Missouri-Columbia shows a correlation between young adolescent girls discussing their problems at length with friends and their likelihood of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression. On the upside, the study does characterize boy troubles and parties as the obvious big, pressing concerns for young ladies, which isn’t offensive at all.


Girls Who Complain About Their Problems at Greater Risk of Developing Anxiety and Depression, says MU Researcher

“Co-ruminationmay lead to depression and anxiety because it takes so much time – time that could be used to engage in other, more positive activities that could help distract youth from their problems. This is especially true for problems that girls can’t control, such as whether a particular boy likes them, or whether they get invited to a party that all of the popular kids are attending.”

As a former seventh-grade girl with tons and tons unrequited crushes and many lonely Saturday nights, I can see how the hours of phone conversations and IMs occasionally may have done some harm. But a study like this seems like it’ll result in a lot of “why don’t you just forget about it alreadys” just when young girls need the most support.

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