People with negative stress have higher risk of death from heart disease or cancer

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People with negative stress have higher risk of death from heart disease or cancer

A team of National Center for Epidemiology of Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) Has published research in the journal Psychiatry Research Journal which evaluates the relationship between psychological distress and Mortality rate in the Spanish adult population, The study concludes that individuals with psychological distress (negative) have a higher risk of death from common causes, As for heart diseases And from various types of cancer.

According to various guides crisis is defined Like ‘unpleasant tension’, One that ‘produces progressive loss of energy, emotional exhaustion and general discouragement’. For example, Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress (SEAS), explains that “each individual makes continuous cognitive and behavioral efforts to adequately manage the situations that arise, therefore, not all stressors have negative consequences. Only when the situation exceeds the ability to control of subject negative consequences occur, This negative outcome is called a crisis The opposite of positive stress, or eustress, which can be a good driver of behavioral activity (e.g. work)”.

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No diagnosis

Study by the Carlos III Health Institute has been prepared in the working group ‘Mortality in the Spanish Health Survey (MESES)’, led by ISCIII researcher Iñaki Galán, of which researcher Teresa López-Cuadrado – the first signatory of the work – is part, Christina Ortiz and Ana Ayuso-Alvarez, The team observed that this association is greater in those No previously diagnosed mental disorder And in patients who were not taking prescribed medication for mental problems.

For the research, 21,003 individuals were analyzed, who were monitored for nine years.

For the research, 21,003 individuals were analyzed, who were monitored for nine years. Specifically, among those with a psychotic disorder who already had a mental disorder diagnosis, the overall mortality risk was 1.18, compared to 1.34 among those without such a diagnosis.

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Medicines reduce risk

According to what was observed, participants with psychological distress who were taking medications to treat mental disorders the risk of mortality was low Compared to those who were not undergoing treatment. Teresa Lopez-Cuadrado and Iñaki Galan Indicate that the findings of this work may have significant implications In public health.

Data from the National Health Survey coordinated by the Health Ministry has been used to conduct this research.

Because, the researchers say, “Despite the prevalence of mental health problems, “Many people do not seek professional help immediately, and so they may get treatment too late, or not at all.”

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To carry out this research Data has been used from national health survey Coordinated by the Ministry of Health, with information on death records as of December 2020. The main analysis variable is the so-called ‘GHQ-12’, a self-administered screening tool intended to detect the prevalence of possible cases Mental illness or psychological illness in the population.

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