Research Impact: Comorbid anxiety and depression is increasingly prevalent in adolescents, and comorbidity results in greater symptom severity and duration. Comorbid status may influence the association between PA level and depression. 481 Irish adolescents self- reported PA and anxiety and depressive symptoms. Two-way ANCOVA examined variation in depressive symptoms according to the interaction of PA and comorbid status. Depressive symptoms were highest among those with comorbid anxiety and depression. Depressive symptoms were highest among those with comorbid anxiety with low activity status. Regardless of PA status, those with comorbid anxiety reported worse depressive symptoms. Comorbid anxiety may influence PA benefits for depressive symptoms.
Forte, C., McDowell, C., MacDonncha, C., & Herring, M. P. (2020). Depressive symptoms differ across Physical Activity Status based on comorbid anxiety and depression status among adolescents. Mental Health and Physical Activity, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2020.100338