UAE: Mental health neglect can have direct impact on body, doctors warn

Mental health issues have a direct impact on your body and can even lead to heart attacks and death, doctors have warned.

According to research by workplace mental wellbeing platform Plumm, which recently launched in the UAE, stress, anxiety and depression can have deadly implications on the body.

Neglecting three key mental health factors such as chronic stress, depression, and burnout, has a immediate effect on the body and can contribute to symptoms such as high blood pressure, clogging of the arteries, and can even result in brain changes that lead to mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and addiction, the report highlights

The report was released as the UAE observes Mental Health Awareness month in May.

“Several studies suggest that individuals experiencing depression are at high risk of developing hypertension, as well as being predisposed to stroke and ischemic heart disease,” said Dr Nada Elbashir, specialist psychiatrist at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

“In fact, depression may put patients at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and death. Furthermore, depressed patients tend to have poor control of their blood pressure as they have lost interest in adhering to their therapeutic regimen,” she added.

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