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Researchers look into lack of sleep and depression in teens


Narrator:       This is Science Today. One of the most common psychiatric disorders in American teenagers is depression and it turns out that sleep deprivation may be an important contributor. Clinical psychologist Allison Harvey, of the Sleep and Psychological Disorders Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, recently found that depression could be alleviated in adults if they got enough sleep, so Harvey is hoping to find the same results with teenagers.

Harvey:          We're thinking that we might not only get the same results with teens, but maybe better results because in the teenaged years, one of the great opportunities is that teenagers are so flexible still, they're learning and growing, they're open, there's such opportunity and so the possibility of teaching them some skills that might really mean that negative patterns don't become ingrained.

Narrator:       This is important because previous research indicates that teens who have had one episode of depression have a greater chance of developing chronic episodes in the future. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.