Neuropsychic health problems of adolescents

Written by Krukovich E.V., Ulyanov I.G., Kablukov D.A., Korneeva E.A., Ulyanov E.I., Mikhaleva L.D., Dogadina N.A.

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Objective. Modern teenagers experience a powerful negative impact of social, natural, domestic and many other factors, which require the development of special preventive measures for the protection of mental health.
Methods. The indices of mental health of 1024 adolescents were studied. The evaluation was carried out on the basis of the ‘presence/ absence’ criterion and the questionnaire of the European School Research Project ESPAD.
Results. Children 7–9 years old often showed a good, even, steady mood, as well as a good appetite, and the level of neuroticism in them was the lowest. In children 10–14 years old, some extreme deviations from the total sample were identified, but mostly the indicators were within the age limit. Particular alertness was caused by adolescents aged 15–17 years, where the decrease in appetite and fatigue were most often determined. According to the parameters of the psychomotor sphere and intellectual development, they often showed increased excitability, aggressiveness, motor disinhibition, isolation, propensity to lie, ill-will toward relatives. The prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other psychoactive substances among adolescents has declined in recent years.
Conclusions. The problem of the adolescents neurological and mental health state deserves constant attention, is determined by the influence of many factors and requires further study.

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E.V. Krukovich, I.G. Ulyanov, D.A. Kablukov, E.A. Korneeva, E.I. Ulyanov, L.D. Mikhaleva, N.A. Dogadina
Pacific State Medical University (2 Ostryakova Ave. Vladivostok 690002 Russian Federation)

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