Emotional distress, also known as psychological distress, can increase the risk of death in the general population. Anecdotal evidence has shown that distress leads to a myriad of health disorders. [Psychol Med 1995;25(5):1073-86, Ann Epidemiol 2004;14:467-72]
Emotional distress, a term referring to the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, has been linked to an increased risk of premature mortality, cardiovascular disease, susceptibility to infection and, potentially, all cancers. [Psychol Med 1995;25(5):1073-86, Ann Epidemiol 2004;14:467-72]
Signs and symptoms of depression can include fatigue and lack of energy; and feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness. Signs of anxiety include the feeling of ‘butterflies’ in the stomach, pounding heart, startling easily, muscle tension, and overwhelming feelings of panic and fear.