While you may know that getting treatment for depression and anxiety can help with emotional regulation, did you know that it can also greatly benefit your physical health?
In a recent research report released on August 10th, 2015, The American Heart Association says that teens with depression and anxiety are at a higher risk for heart diseases. The reason for this relationship is that teens who are suffering from depression and anxiety also suffer from other disruptions in their lives as a consequence, such as problems with sleep, appetite, and stress. Therefore, they are often more prone to obesity, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol levels. The reality is that when our minds and emotions are out of whack, our bodies also follow suit.
What can you do?
This information may be unsettling, but it is also another way to view the benefits of treatment. Seeing a therapist for depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses can not only help you feel better, it can help you become physically healthier. When considering whether or not to seek treatment, think about your overall health now and in the long run. Another good idea is to always let your primary doctor know if you have depression or anxiety so that they can be more alert to screenings for heart related problems.
Source: Reuters Health
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