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Poor Mental Health May Lead To Unhealthy Behaviors
Poor Mental Health May Lead To Unhealthy Behaviors

(Feb 04, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Rhode Island - Poor mental health may lead low-income adults to partake in unhealthy behaviours, according to a report published in Translational Behavioral Medicine. Researchers studied nearly 500 adults who were receiving care at a sexually transmitted infection clinic. Participants completed an online interview every 3 months for a year. The interview gauged participants' substance use, dietary, sexual and sleep behaviours, as well as their levels of anxiety, depression and stress. Results showed that those who reported a very low income also reported experiencing more symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. These symptoms were found to predict later increases in unhealthy behaviours. In contrast, researchers did not find that unhealthy behaviours predicted mental health issues.

 
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