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Poor mental health linked to mortality

Poor mental health linked to mortality
1st August 2012

People with poor mental health have a lower life expectancy, according to a recent study.

Researchers from University College London and the University of Edinburgh conducted a large-scale population study in which over 68,000 adults aged 36 and over were analysed between 1994 and 2004.

The mental health of participants was analysed and scientists investigated whether these results held a bearing on a person's risk of dying over an eight year period.

It was found that those who experienced anxiety or depression were more likely to die than their mentally sound counterparts.

Cause of death was often from stress related disorders, such as cardiovascular disease.

Dr David Batty, senior author on the study, commented: "These associations also remained after we did our best to take into account other factors such as weight, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and diabetes."

This means that increased mortality risk is not the result of stress and dependency behaviours.

The findings highlight the importance of managing mental health, establishing coping strategies and seeking help with the condition.

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