Charlotte Hannah
August 03, 2012

Study Says Worrying is Going to Kill You, Gives You a New Reason to Worry

Good news, everyone! There is a new thing that’s going to cause your premature death.

But don’t worry. Because that’s it.

A new study published in the journal BMJ has shown that anxiety and depression, even in extremely mild forms, have a measurable negative impact on cardiovascular health.

Even when the results were adjusted for behaviors such as heavy drinking and avoiding exercise that are sometimes associated with depression and anxiety, the study still showed that people who experienced even a mild amount of psychological distress were 20% more likely to die over a 10-year period.

The information used in the study was taken from over 68,000 people over the age of 35 who participated in England’s National Health Survey from 1994 to 2004. By comparing mortality rates and causes to participants’ answers to a number of mental health questions, researchers determined that worrying is a silent killer.

“We saw a very clear association across the full range of distress,” explains Tom C. Russ, MD, a researcher for the study.

But don’t worry about the worrying results of the study, because all that worrying is apt to kill you. Just sit back, relax, and have a snack. Everything’s going to be fine.