Getting stressed out about seemingly minor events in our daily lives may have long-term implications for mental health, a new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, says. And negative emotions, like a poor diet and lack of exercise, can contribute to the development of mental health problems later in life.
Psychologist Susan Charles and her colleagues, writing in the March 26 issue of the journal Psychological Science, used data collected from two U.S. national surveys to examine 711 people between the ages of 25 and 74. Each subject’s behaviour was self-reported for eight consecutive days, with “daily stressors” and their related negative feelings reported each evening. Subjects then self-reported any anxiety and depressive disorders experienced 10 years later.
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