Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Predispose Youth to Accelerated Atherosclerosis and Early Cardiovascular Disease

Published: August 10, 2015

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Bipolar Disorder (BD) affects about 10% of adolescents in the US.
  • The association between depression and CVD among adults is well known.
  • MDD and BD among youth satisfy the criteria for, and should be included in the list of, moderate risk conditions for cardiovascular disease along with chronic inflammatory disease, human immunodeficiency virus, and nephrotic syndrome.