‘Sub-clinical’ anxiety (not considered severe enough for medical attention) has been found to increase the likelihood of premature death by 20%.
The shocking results come from mortality data compiled by universities and hospitals across the cities of Edinburgh and London.
The researchers discovered that those who suffered from sub-clinical anxiety and depression in life were at least 29% more likely to have died because of a heart attack or stroke.
These people were also 29% more likely to have died due to ‘external causes’, such as road accidents and suicides.
The cases examined by the researchers were not clinically depressed. “If these individuals went to a doctor, they wouldn’t be diagnosed with depression,” Lead Author Dr Tom Russ explained.
He went on to state that he and his colleagues are not advocating the ‘medicalisation of anxiety’, nor insinuating that anxious people need to take drugs.
The study was merely designed to highlight the necessity of finding appropriate help for mild mental health problems as soon as they become apparent.
With statistics showing a 10% rise in the number of anti-depressants prescribed to UK patients in the last year, it’s clear that other healing tactics need to be explored.
Some hypnotherapists specialise in easing feelings of anxiety. By utilising deep relaxation techniques, hypnotherapists can often help to erase the worries of their clients, something that could potentially help them to lead happier, healthier lives in the future. To find out more, please visit our Anxiety page.
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