Teen Depression and Heart Disease

Holy Hormones Journal: Has anyone noticed – a downward spiral in health care? Years ago, – ok many, many years ago… the media reported on the failing health of the elderly. Ok. Wedepression get that…. but now we are beginning to understand that even this premise will be challenged as we comprehend the evidence-based science that shows that our elderly parents can now age with grace instead of degenerating into a myriad of neurological and pathological diseases.

I remember, my mother making the comment at the age of my father’s retirement: “This was supposed to be our Golden Age – but all of our friends are ill and dying.” Guess you could say that was a red flag that I remember…

Now adults in their 30’s or 40’s are becoming chronically ill…. or who have been for awhile… and it just became diagnosed.

And now chronic illness and depression are strangling our teens… while we are spiraling right into the abyss of despair when 1 in 68 kids – anticipated to be 1 in 2 by the year 2025 are developing autism and other neurological disorders on the spectrum,  and chronic illness (54%).

What do we know?

Mental health and depression rank #2 & 3 in the top health trends in the U.S for women. Inflammation causes depression; lack of nutrients to the brain and a disruption in the neuro-endocrine-immune system causes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder.

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil is a known endocrine-disruptor… In fact it blasts the entire neuro-endocrine- immune system. Girls have become depressed and anxious because they are vaccine-injured – and the do not realize it.

And all of a sudden Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (a form of dysautonomia – when the autonomic nervous system malfunctions) is emerging as a new teen disease – disproportionately affecting teen girls.   New York Parenting Magazine just published an article entitled: “The teen disease you’ve probably never heard of. You can chalk this one up to Gardasil as well. Alright, can’t leave out synthetic hormones and all that mind altering and brain shrinking going on. Add Gardasil and birth control together – which is being done… and that will whack out any young child’s endocrine system.

Menarche is the most fragile time of a girl’s life. The time of first menstruation is when a young girl’s body developing it’s own reproductive cycle. The neuro-endocrine-immune systems are developing.

Girls are now being born and experiencing the epigenetic effect of hormone use at a younger and younger age, an onslaught of xenoestrogens in environmental toxins. And to that their current status when they are administered not only birth control and and exposure to toxins – but we now add in Gardasil and any other ‘make-up’ vaccines that they need to attend school….

Depression affects our heart health – on so many levels. Our Hormonal Honey’s are in trouble and we need to be reaching out to them.

Oh, and this does not even take into account, the drugs, alcohol, abuse, rape, kidnapping and sex trafficking, bullying and/or being told “It is all in your head,”dismissed, disregarded and disenfranchised.

Teens With Depression, Bipolar Disorder Should Be Screened For Heart Disease, Experts Say

Forbes
August 11, 2015

 

In more support of the intimate connection between heart and brain, the American Heart Association has published a statement, advising doctors and the public that teens with mood 08.13.15 Teen Depressiondisorders like depression and bipolar appear to be at increased risk of markers of heart disease. There’s a lot of existing evidence to suggest that in older adults heart disease and depression are interlinked, but less evidence about how, if at all, depression may affect cardiovascular markers in young people. Now it seems that the connection may begin pretty early on. Treating mental health disorders in people of all ages is always important, but in kids and teens, whose bodies and brains are still developing, it may really be a non-negotiable.

To review the data for the new report, researchers from schools around the U.S. and Canada looked at existing studies on mood disorders in people under the age of 30. They homed in on participants who had diagnoses of depression or bipolar disorder and for whom data regarding their cardiovascular markers, like blood pressure and cholesterol, also existed. They found a significant connection between having depression or bipolar disorder and increased odds of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity (especially belly fat), type 2 diabetes, and hardening of the arteries. Most participants were not on antidepressants, but for those who were, the medications did not explain the association between depression and heart health. Neither did lifestyle factors like smoking or inactivity.

What would explain the connection between mood disorders and heart health? There are several possible candidates, but inflammation and oxidative stress are among the likeliest. “From the brain perspective,” study author Benjamin Goldstein tells me, “excessive inflammation or oxidative stress is harmful in a number of ways, one of which is impairment in the function of white matter–the brain’s circuitry. From the cardiovascular perspective, these same markers are damaging to the innermost lining of blood vessels, the endothelium. Both the endothelium and the brain are exquisitely sensitive to inflammation and oxidative stress.”
In recent years, the idea that depression is at least to some degree linked to inflammation in the brain has gained steam in the research community. So the idea that it might be present in young people isn’t out of the realm of possibility, and in fact it may be quite likely. The question is what gives rise to what: Whether inflammation and mood disorders each exacerbate the other, or whether they’re perpetuated by even another variable. “Inflammation is one of the potential bridges between mood disorders and heart disease; here we have evidence to suggest that even in adolescents the arrow points in both directions. That is, inflammation at one time point increases the risk of depression at a subsequent time point, and vice versa.”

 

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RESOURCE – A MUST READ. 

Depression – The Emotional Response to Your Microbiome

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.