Friday, April 1, 2016

Worry, Anxiety, and Your Brain, 5

You cannot afford to get caught in the trap of worry and anxiety. In 1984, participants in the Swedish Adoption Twin Study of Aging completed an assessment related to their anxiety symptoms and then were followed for 28 years. The researchers determined that anxiety symptoms were associated with an increased risk of dementia Baseline anxiety score, independent of depressive symptoms, was significantly associated with incident dementia over follow-up. There was a 48% increased risk of becoming demented for those who had experienced high anxiety at any time compared with those who had not. Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, ‘I had a lot of trouble in my life; most of which never happened.’ And I doubt he was referring to any April Fool's joke! More in the next blog.

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