MENTAL HEALTH LINKED TO RISK OF EARLY DEATH
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.