Posted by: Chris Maloney | July 19, 2012

How You Think Can Kill You: Depression and Heart Attacks.

English: Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

English: Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear depressed and anxious person,

We need to talk.  This can’t be your life.  Unbelievable as it may seem, change is possible and change is necessary to help you stay alive.

A large study of depressed and anxious people in Australia found that people who were depressed and anxious were almost twice as likely to develop heart disease.  They calculated out the other risks first, but the way you think really does affect your heart.

In a massive Dutch study, both anxiety and depression were directly associated with developing hypertension.  So every cell of your body reacts to how you think.

We’ve all known this for a long time.  It’s time for us to stop even paying lip service to the idea of a mind-body disconnection.  The 18th century dissection of the body into different parts and medical specialties has become a stumbling block for the management of chronic illness.  When was the last time a head doctor psychologist referred a patient to a heart doctor cardiologist because of depression?



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