Date: December 16, 2018
“Post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders are all positively associated with high levels of inflammation markers in the blood, according to new research published in the journal Depression & Anxiety.
“Broadly, my research program examines the ways that emotions and physiology influence and relate to one another — that is, when someone experiences negative emotions (e.g., sadness, anxiety, anger) frequently and/or intensely what does that do to their physical health?” said study author Megan E. Renna of Columbia University.
“There has been a well-established link between chronic illness and anxiety in the literature over the years. But, it still has been unclear as to what processes, both psychologically and physically, contribute to this association, so I wanted to examine if inflammation may be one of these processes among people with anxiety, traumatic stress, and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.”