Mild mental illness 'raises risk of premature death'
21 September, 2012
LONDON: People with mild mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression are more likely to die early, say researchers.
The research suggested low level distress raised the risk by 16%, once lifestyle factors such as smoking were taken into account.
More serious problems increased it by 67%, the University College London and Edinburgh University team said. The risk among those with severe mental health problems is already well documented.
But researchers said the finding among those with milder cases - thought to be one in every four people - was concerning, as many would be undiagnosed.