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Depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and acne: a study of male Finnish conscripts.
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2008 May; 22(5):561-7.JE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To investigate the association among acne, depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in Finnish male military conscripts.

METHODS

Consecutive 165 acne patients and 150 patients with mild knee symptoms for comparison were enrolled in the study conducted in the Central Military Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. They filled out the following questionnaires: General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The Leeds acne grading scale was used to estimate the severity of acne.

RESULTS

Sixteen (9.7%) acne patients and 20 (13.3%) comparison patients had at least moderate level of depressive symptoms (BDI score 10; P > 0.05, between groups). Suicidal ideation (BDI suicidal item score 1) was reported by 24 (14.5%) acne patients and 16 (10.7%) comparison patients (P > 0.05, between groups). When comparing the mild facial acne patients (Leeds score 0-3) with those with moderate-severe facial acne (Leeds score 4), there were no statistical differences in depressive symptoms (9.5% vs. 10.0%) or suicidal ideation (13.7% vs. 15.7%). No linear relationship was observed between the BDI and facial Leeds scores (P > 0.05). Risk factors for suicidal ideation among the acne patients were depression and alcohol risk use.

CONCLUSION

Young male patients with acne do not suffer more depressive symptoms or suicidal ideation than patients with mild knee symptoms, and the severity of acne is not associated with the presence of depressive symptoms. The risk factors for suicidal ideation among acne patients seem to be similar to those found in the general population.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Helsinki City Health Center, Department of Psychiatry, Helsinki, Finland. laura.rehn@hel.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18221339

Citation

Rehn, L M H., et al. "Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Ideation and Acne: a Study of Male Finnish Conscripts." Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV, vol. 22, no. 5, 2008, pp. 561-7.
Rehn LM, Meririnne E, Höök-Nikanne J, et al. Depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and acne: a study of male Finnish conscripts. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2008;22(5):561-7.
Rehn, L. M., Meririnne, E., Höök-Nikanne, J., Isometsä, E., & Henriksson, M. (2008). Depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and acne: a study of male Finnish conscripts. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV, 22(5), 561-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3083.2007.02514.x
Rehn LM, et al. Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Ideation and Acne: a Study of Male Finnish Conscripts. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2008;22(5):561-7. PubMed PMID: 18221339.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and acne: a study of male Finnish conscripts. AU - Rehn,L M H, AU - Meririnne,E, AU - Höök-Nikanne,J, AU - Isometsä,E, AU - Henriksson,M, Y1 - 2008/01/23/ PY - 2008/1/29/pubmed PY - 2008/5/22/medline PY - 2008/1/29/entrez SP - 561 EP - 7 JF - Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV JO - J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol VL - 22 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association among acne, depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in Finnish male military conscripts. METHODS: Consecutive 165 acne patients and 150 patients with mild knee symptoms for comparison were enrolled in the study conducted in the Central Military Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. They filled out the following questionnaires: General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The Leeds acne grading scale was used to estimate the severity of acne. RESULTS: Sixteen (9.7%) acne patients and 20 (13.3%) comparison patients had at least moderate level of depressive symptoms (BDI score 10; P > 0.05, between groups). Suicidal ideation (BDI suicidal item score 1) was reported by 24 (14.5%) acne patients and 16 (10.7%) comparison patients (P > 0.05, between groups). When comparing the mild facial acne patients (Leeds score 0-3) with those with moderate-severe facial acne (Leeds score 4), there were no statistical differences in depressive symptoms (9.5% vs. 10.0%) or suicidal ideation (13.7% vs. 15.7%). No linear relationship was observed between the BDI and facial Leeds scores (P > 0.05). Risk factors for suicidal ideation among the acne patients were depression and alcohol risk use. CONCLUSION: Young male patients with acne do not suffer more depressive symptoms or suicidal ideation than patients with mild knee symptoms, and the severity of acne is not associated with the presence of depressive symptoms. The risk factors for suicidal ideation among acne patients seem to be similar to those found in the general population. SN - 1468-3083 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18221339/Depressive_symptoms_suicidal_ideation_and_acne:_a_study_of_male_Finnish_conscripts_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -