Saffron may be a possible remedy to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in teenagers, says a recent study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The Australian study discovered that Affron, a branded saffron supplement, could provide considerable relief to teens struggling with anxiety-related disorders like depression and social phobia.
The researchers conducted a double-blind, randomized study with 68 participants in the age group of 12-16 years suffering from mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression. The participants were divided into two groups — one received 14 mg Affron, whereas the other was given the same dosage of a placebo. The members of both the groups were advised to take one tablet of the Affron or the placebo twice a day for eight weeks. Further, the two groups were asked complete a 47-item questionnaire called the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS) to determine the effects of the prescribed dosages.
Those respondents who took Affron reported significant respite from their earlier condition, with reduced separation anxiety, less social phobia, and lower levels of depression, compared with the placebo group.
The study team concluded that “administration of a standardized saffron extract (Affron) for eight weeks improved anxiety and depressive symptoms in youth with mild-to-moderate symptoms, at least from the perspective of the adolescent.”
The researchers also discovered that the participants found Affron to be safe and easy to tolerate and didn’t experience any undesirable side effects. However, despite the encouraging findings, the researchers said that the self-reporting nature of the study was subject to certain limitations, such as restricted study duration, non-clinical sample and single treatment dose, emphasizing the need for additional investigation.
Teen anxiety disorder common in US
Mental health experts say one of the time-tested methods to help adolescents break free from the vicious cycle of anxiety is to teach them life-saving survival skills to manage their condition, instead of viewing it as a major stumbling block. Such coping strategies will make the anxious feelings to wither away over a period of time. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of children with diagnosable depression don’t have access to professional treatment.
Nevertheless, inducing confidence and positivity in teenagers can go a long way in helping them overcome their deepest fears. This will help them realize that they can handle expectations. On the other hand, parents must avoid negative reinforcement as it can aggravate their existing anxieties. Fortunately, most anxiety-related disorders are treatable. What matters is parents and elders should take constructive steps to eliminate the stigma associated with seeking counseling or professional treatment and ensure that confidential disclosures are handled in a non-judgmental way. Above all, learning to identify the warning signs of anxiety disorders is the key to prevention. Anxiety disorders must be nipped in the bud or else they can be immensely devastating.
Leading an anxiety-free life
If you feel that anxiety is interfering with your ward’s daily life, take it seriously and seek professional therapy for him/her. Your child is not alone to grapple with a mental problem. Studies suggest anxiety disorder in teens can be managed with professional help. In fact it is a highly treatable condition, with more than 80 percent of them showing signs of improvement with timely help and treatment.
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