Teen girls twice as likely to suffer depression than boys, research shows

Girls are nearly twice as likely than boys to experience bouts of depression and anxiety in their teenage years, a study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found.

Researchers monitored nearly 2,000 students from high schools in Victoria, between 1992 and 2008.

They were each tested eight times for mental disorders, between the ages of about 15 years and 29 years.

The report, published in The Lancet, found 54 per cent of girls suffered an episode of depression or anxiety during their teens.

For boys, that figure dipped below a third (29 per cent).

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