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Allergies and Depression Linked
Posted by Anna on Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Findings from a national survey of 3,032 U.S. adults, published this month in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine,
suggest there is a relationship between depression, neurotic personality traits and allergies -- and suggest that these associations are different for men and women.

Women with major depression are more likely than women who are not depressed to have allergies, and allergies also appear to be more common in men with nervous, anxious personalities.

But why? The researchers speculate that the stress of dealing with chronic allergies may lead to depression in some people, and that people who are naturally anxious may be more sensitive to allergic responses and seek treatment for milder symptoms that others might ignore.

Link to the article: Reuters .

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