Anxiety, depression as predictive of poor future health as obesity, smoking

[Healio, 12/18/18]  Study findings published in Health Psychology indicated that anxiety and depression symptoms predicted greater incidence of nearly all medical illnesses and somatic symptoms.

Furthermore, the data revealed that anxiety and depression were as strongly predictive of negative subsequent physical health as obesity and smoking, and were even stronger predictors of arthritis.

“Anxiety and depression symptoms are strongly linked to poor physical health, yet these conditions continue to receive limited attention in primary care settings, compared to smoking and obesity,” Andrea N. Niles, PhD, of the psychiatry department and Weill Institute for Neuroscience at University of California, San Francisco, said in a press release. “To our knowledge this is the first study that directly compared anxiety and depression to obesity and smoking as prospective risk factors for disease onset in long-term studies.”

Niles and Aoife O’Donovan, PhD, also from UCSF, examined data from more than 15,000 older adults enrolled in the Health and Retirement study to determine the longitudinal connection between anxiety and depression symptoms at baseline and onset of self-reported physical health indices………..

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