BBC News – Mild mental illness ‘raises risk of premature death’

Marjorie Wallace, the chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said: “Even what may be considered mild depression can cut short a person’s life, not only through the use of alcohol, cigarettes and other substances, but by directly affecting the recovery from physical illnesses such as heart disease.

“The debilitating effects on a person’s life can lead them to neglect themselves and their management of long-term conditions such as diabetes or cancer.”

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I don’t see why this really surpises anyone. Especially the comment about mild depression, to me that should be common sense; I thought we established many years ago that a will to live is more important than actually health status. I could have sworn that they have done studies saying that when two people with comparable health or lack thereof undergo surgery that the person with an expressed will to live will often times have a quicker recovery and less chance of fatality. Doing a quick google search, maybe I’m wrong about the study, who knows but depression and disease… not a good combination.

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