Depression, anxiety as risky as smoking and obesity: study

Findings suggest greater integration of mental health treatment is needed in primary care

Depression and anxiety are on a par with obesity and smoking when it comes to risk factors for future physical health, US research shows.

patient with anxiety

The authors say the findings suggest greater attention should be given to both conditions in primary care, and to consider a mental health approach for patients presenting with somatic symptoms.

The study used data from more than 15,400 people (mean age, 68) enrolled in the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study to examine whether depression and anxiety at