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Early puberty blues

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Goethe mooted his ‘storm and stress’ theory of adolescence in the 19th century, and G. Stanley Hall articulated the developmental stage’s trials and tribulations to widespread acclaim in his classic text of 1904.   Now, a study by Melbourne University and Orygen Youth Health researchers, using magnetic resonance imaging on the brains of 155 adolescents, has found that those who went through puberty earlier than their peers had an enlarged pituitary gland – the part of the brain responsible for triggering puberty – and were in turn more likely to display symptoms of depression by the time they were young adults.    Lead researcher Dr Sarah Whittle says the study shows that the reason early puberty might trigger depression is not purely psychological – that is, it’s not only because of social problems brought about by ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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