This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

August 31, 2009

Studies show impact of apathy, hopelessness on cardiovascular disease

A depressed emotional state -- feelings of hopelessness and apathy -- could have a direct effect on your physical health, new research indicates.
A study of stroke survivors found a slower rate of recovery among those experiencing apathy, caring little about themselves and the world around them. And a study of healthy middle-aged women found an association between hopelessness and unexpected thickening of the carotid artery, the main blood vessel to the brain.
Both findings are reported in the Aug. 27 issue of Stroke.

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