George Patton and colleagues reporting in the Lancet present the results of a prospective cohort study of almost 2000 young people from state schools in Victoria, Australia in which they examine the persistence of common mental health disorders presenting in adolescence. Their conclusions give cause for hope as they surmise that whilst "episodes of adolescent mental disorder often precede mental disorders in young adults. However, many such disorders, especially when brief in duration, are limited to the teenage years, with further symptom remission common in the late 20s. The resolution of many adolescent disorders gives reason for optimism that interventions that shorten the duration of episodes could prevent much morbidity later in life."
The prognosis of common mental disorders in adolescents: a 14-year prospective cohort study