Cannabis may up bipolar symptoms in teenagers

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Cannabis may up bipolar symptoms in teenagers Co-founder Corso Serra di Cassano of Swiss cannabis producer KannaSwiss holds dried cannabis in Koelliken, Switzerland March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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If consumption of cannabis is consistent with your teenage son or daughter, he or she may be at high risk of developing hypomania often experienced as part of bipolar disorder, a research has warned.

Hypomania is periods of elated mood, excited and over-active behaviour, and reduced dependence on sleep that tends to be experienced as part of bipolar disorder and have a substantial effect on day-to-day life.

“Cannabis use in young people is common and associated with psychiatric disorders. However, the prospective link between cannabis use and bipolar disorder symptoms has rarely been investigated,” lead writer Steven Marwaha, psychiatrist, at the University of Warwick in the united kingdom.

“Adolescent cannabis use may be an independent risk factor for future hypomania, and the nature of the association suggests a potential causal link. As such it might be a useful target for indicated prevention of hypomania. ” For the study, appearing in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, the team included 3, 370 members who used marijuana at least two-three times in a week.

Conversely, the findings suggested that marijuana is highly recommended part of the prevention schemes targeted at minimising the chance of teenagers developing bipolar disorders.

For the reason that cannabis use was found to mediate the association of both childhood sexual abuse and hypomania, and male gender and hypomania. “As such it might be a useful target for indicated prevention of hypomania,” Marwaha added.

 

News Source : Indian Express


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