Anxiety causes skin problem, whereas Depression can attack your Stomach
Yes, its true anxiety can affect skin and depression can attack your stomach. Researchers have recently found out that depression in young people is often followed by the problem of arthritis and some diseases of the digestive system, while skin diseases are also common after anxiety disorders.
The findings have also suggested that mental disorders are antecedent risk factors of certain physical diseases in early life, but also vice versa, according to the researchers.
“Our results, expand the relevance of mental disorders beyond mental to physical health care, and vice versa, supporting the concept of a more integrated mental-physical health care approach, and open new starting points for early disease prevention and better treatments, with relevance for various medical disciplines,” the study said.
The research group, which was led by Marion Tegethoff in collaboration with the Professor Gunther Meinlschmidt from the University of Basel, situated in Switzerland has examined the temporal pattern and relationship between physical diseases and mental disorders in children and also young people. They analysed data from a representative sample of altogether 6,483 teenagers from the US aged between 13 and 18.
Diseases occur in children and adolescents frequently
The researchers noted that some of the physical diseases tend to further occur more frequently in children and adolescents if they have previously suffered from some certain mental disorders. Likewise, certain mental disorders tend to occur more frequently after the onset of particular physical diseases.
Affective disorders such as depression were frequently followed by arthritis and diseases of the digestive system, while they have noticed a same relationship which is between anxiety disorders and skin diseases, showed by the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Anxiety disorders were more common if the person had already suffered from heart disease. A close association has been also established for the first time between epileptic disorders and subsequent eating disorders. The results offer important insights into the causal relationship between mental disorders and physical diseases.