Large study ties PTSD, acute stress to cardiovascular disease

A large Swedish population study has found strong links between psychiatric conditions that can follow extremely stressful experiences and the risk of several types of cardiovascular disease.The link between acute stress and cardiovascular symptoms may be bidirectional, suggests new research. In addition, the researchers found that the risk of a heart attack and other sudden […]

Can ‘forest bathing’ reduce stress levels?

In recent years, particularly in Japan, spending time in forests has become the wellness trend du jour. A recent meta-analysis investigates whether so-called forest bathing really can significantly reduce levels of stress.The authors of a recent meta-analysis ask whether forest bathing can reduce stress levels. Forest bathing — a translation of the Japanese term shinrin […]

Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depression

Researchers have recently examined the link between mental health conditions and obesity in over 12,000 children and teenagers. The results show that obesity raises the risk of anxiety and depression, which is something that physicians and healthcare professionals should be “vigilant about.”Obesity raised anxiety and depression risk by 33% among young boys. According to the […]

Does living alone increase mental health risk?

A new study has concluded that living alone is linked to common mental disorders. The authors have also identified the main driver of this worrying relationship.Researchers examined the links between mental health and living alone. Some common mental disorders (CMDs) include mood disorders, anxiety, and substance use disorders. According to some studies, almost one-third of […]