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Young people with chronic liver conditions at increased risk of anxiety and depression

Researchers from King’s College London have called for a greater focus on the mental health of teenagers and young people with chronic liver conditions, after a study found they have an increased risk of anxiety and depression.  
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Researchers from King’s College London have called for a greater focus on the mental health of teenagers and young people with chronic liver conditions, after a study found they have an increased risk of anxiety and depression.

The researchers studied 187 patients aged 16-25 who were attending an outpatient liver transition clinic in London. Patients were divided into three groups: those who had undergone liver transplantation, those with autoimmune liver disease and those with chronic liver conditions.

The study found that 17.7% of the patients studied screened positive for anxiety or depression – significantly higher than the 4-6% prevalence in the general adolescent population.

Distress was most frequently attributed to fatigue, sleep difficulties, financial concerns, problems at work or school and low self-esteem. No significant differences were

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