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The Biggest Cause of Anxiety and Depression Is Traumatic Life Events

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  • New research revealed that the single biggest determinant of anxiety and depression was traumatic life events, followed by to a lesser extent, family history of mental illness, income and education levels, relationship status and other social factors
  • The study also found the way you think about traumatic life events directly affects your mental health
  • Researchers have also determined that an alteration in the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) gene may further contribute to the risk of anxiety, depression and memory loss
  • Growing evidence indicates that exercise trigger genes and growth factors like BDNF that recycle and rejuvenate your brain tissues; exercise is also an effective treatment for depression

By Dr. Mercola

It's estimated that 1 in 10 U.S. adults struggle with depression and another 40 million have anxiety. It's quite common, too, for someone with depression to also have anxiety. In fact, close to half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety.


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