Kids’ Abdominal Pain Tied to Mental Distress in Adulthood
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Functional abdominal pain in childhood was associated with anxiety disorder and depression in teens and young adults, even if the stomach pain went away, a longitudinal study showed.
Anxiety disorder was 4.9-times more likely at some point up to a mean age of 20, and 3.36-fold elevated (versus controls) even for those whose medically-unexplained abdominal pain resolved, Lynn S. Walker, PhD, of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues found.
Any depressive disorder in their early lifetime was 2.62-times more likely compared with controls who had never had functional abdominal pain, the researchers reported in the September issue of Pediatrics.