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Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. Updated: Feb 18th 2011


Someone recently asked if there is a connection between emotions and physical health? The individual was having some health problems and wanted to know if her depression could impact these physical issues.


A study published this month in the journal, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity states, yes, emotions can and do impact on physical health.


Dr. Judith Carroll conducted the study at the University of Pittsburgh. Reported that, “People who reported high levels of anger and anxiety after performing a laboratory-based stress task showed greater increases in a marker of inflammation called known as interleukin-6 as compared to those who remained relatively calm.” Interleukin-6 is a substance produced by the body in response to emotional reactions to stress, such as anxiety and anger.

Among other things and under the right conditions, interleukin-6 can promote inflammation. The greater the emotional reaction the more interleukin produced and the greater the inflammation that occurs. This leads to chronic health problems, such as hight blood pressure and heart disease.


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http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=42104&cn=117

Keep Calm and Carry On



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