JAMA Study: Atopic Dermatitis was linked with Mental Health
A Study was conducted to examine the association between atopic dermatitis (AD) and internalizing behaviors and symptoms of depression at multiple points across childhood and adolescence and to explore potential mediating factors, including asthma/rhinitis, sleep, and inflammation.

Study included children followed up from birth for a mean (SD) duration of 10.0 years.

Results:
--Among the 11181 children included in the analysis, the period prevalence of symptoms of depression ranged from 6.0% to 21.6%; for internalizing behaviors, from 10.4% to 16.0%.

--Although mild to moderate AD was not associated with symptoms of depression, it was associated with internalizing behaviors as early as 4 years of age.

--Severe AD was associated with symptoms of depression and internalizing symptoms. Sleep quality mediated some of this association, but it was not explained by differences in sleep duration, asthma/rhinitis, or levels of inflammatory markers.

Conclusively, throughout childhood and adolescence, severe AD was linked to depressive symptoms and internalizing behaviors. Internalizing symptoms were shown to be more common in children with mild Alzheimer's disease who were diagnosed early in life, underscoring the necessity of behavioral and mental health awareness in this population.
Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2783857?utm_campaign=articlePDF&utm_medium=articlePDFlink&utm_source=articlePDF&utm;_c
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