MEN­TAL HEALTH LINKED TO RISK OF EARLY DEATH

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The Cana­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Jour­nal re­ports that a 60-year-long study dis­cov­ered the risk of an early death is higher in those suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion, and women are more sus­cep­ti­ble. Although stigma at­tached to men­tal health is­sues has re­duced, thanks to in­creased aware­ness, the trend con­tin­ues. The study found that the risk of an early death as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health is­sues was preva­lent through­out the course of the en­tire study, with the risk be­ing strong­est in the years im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing a break­down. This sug­gests that if pa­tients are in re­cov­ery from de­pres­sion, the risk could well be re­versed. The re­searchers also clar­i­fied that although de­pres­sion is as­so­ci­ated with fac­tors like poor diet and ex­er­cise regimes, smok­ing and sub­stance abuse that are detri­men­tal to gen­eral health, they did not en­tirely ex­plain the in­creased risk.

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