A new Australian study may indicate that depressed teens are more likely to get into an accident than their mentally-fit peers. According to our peers over at AOL Autos, a recent report published in the journal Injury Prevention translates the fact that depressed individuals are more likely to engage in self-destructive behavior into teen driving habits.
It's no secret that younger drivers are more likely to get into an accident. Researchers point out that individuals between 17 and 24 years old accounted for 22.3 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2008, but the study of 1,284 young drivers showed that those who had signs of depression and anxiety also freely admitted to speeding.

Those involved in the research seem to think the results indicate a strong correlation between mental illness and risky driving behavior, though it's important to note that the findings rely on self-reported behavior instead of actual scientific observations. Even so, the study suggests that mental evaluations can be used to determine which young drivers will be more of a danger behind the wheel.


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      DRΛΚE
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a waste of a blog post at least find a stock image of a depressed teen girl with some cleavage... AMIRIGHT???
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see...why did I get in this car, anyway? I wonder what Jody's doing? Why do I look so horrid? Ohh...another big zit! Oh, I need to pay attention while this thing is moving?
      mdnghtphnx
      • 3 Years Ago
      What this article entirely failed to emphasize was that teens that are depressed admit that they speed more often. And then somehow they make the leap to being more dangerous and causing more wrecks. Autoblog is normally the sort to support the thought that speed does not kill. This post disappoints me.
        vega6700
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mdnghtphnx
        The article attempts to classify speeding and not wearing a seatbelt as risky driving behavior, meaning they are more willing to put themselves in danger. It may be a little flimsy, but it's more objective than "Do you think you suck at driving? Yes/No." There's definitely some merit to the study. Considering how much most people let emotion and (lack of) attention define their driving habits, someone who is not in control of their emotions and attention may be more likely to make irrational decisions while driving.
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone put money into this study? In other news, sad people are more sad, and people that poop their own pants are depressed because people think they smell.
      RobG
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole notion that "speeding" is a cause of accidents is utter bullshit. It's just another arbitrary number concocted by governments to leverage ticket generation by cops, whose purpose isn't to protect and serve THE PEOPLE, but rather government's interests.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RobG
        Werd. If they were interested in safety they'd bull over all the morons with cell phones on their faces weaving in their lanes, or the gigantic SUVs driven by small women who never use turn signals.
      Maverick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mentally fit. AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA. That's my new favorite term.
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      pft, being depressed during your teens isn't mental illness, its just a phase.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Depressed teens? Well that sure narrows it down...
      fetchme1029
      • 3 Years Ago
      That pic is straight out of 1997. just sayin.
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      No sh*t
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        G37S
        • 3 Years Ago
        being depressed does not equal mental retardation. even though i am one of countless thousands suffering from depression and other mental illnesses,i read the comment as being funny. some may not,expect backlash.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Depressed people on medication and people with marijuana medical cards should not be allowed to have a drivers lic. Those people drive worse than a 85 year old.
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