Mood Disorders in Teens and Sleep Apnea

A number of recent studies have reported on teens and behavior problems. This Harvard study showed 2/3 of teens engaged in violent behavior that included property damage. They also showed that one in 12 teens met the official criteria for Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Another study showed that teens with obstructive sleep apnea had shorter attention spans and aggressive behavior. I’m betting that there’s a significant overlap between theses two groups. What do you think?

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2 thoughts on “Mood Disorders in Teens and Sleep Apnea

  1. Before her tonsillectomy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, my daughter would’ve met the criteria for oppositional defiant disorder and a raft of other diagnoses involving aggression. Now, she can breathe, sleep, she eats better and has transformed into one of the sweetest children in her class. My wife and I are still amazed at the change, but it did get me thinking about others who have yet to hear about the connection between sleep quality and behavior.

  2. I only found one study on pubmed looking into the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing (treated by adenoidectomy) and the ratio of regulatory t cells/th17 cells. A huge research opportunity is being missed.