The Link Between Early Puberty and Mental Health in Girls

The Psychological Effects of Early Puberty

Can growing up too fast be bad for a girl’s mental health? Scientific evidence has shown that the psychological effects of early puberty in girls can lead to depressive behavior in adolescence and even in adulthood.

In light of the recent article published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal declaring that adolescence is now said to begin at 10 years of age and extend to 24, what have researchers found about girls who get their periods earlier than others girls?

According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, girls who start menstruating early show more symptoms of depression and a greater tendency for anti-social behavior like lying and stealing than other girls who did not experience menarche.

While past studies had linked early puberty in girls and behavioral concerns in adolescence, this analysis showed alarming data that early puberty’s long term effect can last until a woman’s late 20s or early 30s, according to the study.

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