We all know that we usually have stress in our daily lives - even on a small level - just having to get to an appointment at a certain time can be stressful.
Stress is usually thought of as anything that causes tension. It might be physical or emotional or something we are thinking about. We usually think of stress as being a bad thing.
In the study below they have observed the connection between stress related disorders and autoimmune disease. A stress related condition is different than just stress. It is a specific condition such as PTSD which is short for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So the researchers are not talking about everyday stress, they are talking about specific stress disorders.
The researchers in this study analyzed 100,000 people who had a diagnosed stress related disorder. The study found that people diagnosed with a stress-related disorder were more likely to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease than those without stress-related disorders were more likely to develop more than one autoimmune disease had a higher rate of autoimmune disease if younger.
HEALTHline 6th August 2018 Stress Can Be Especially Detrimental to Those with Autoimmune Diseases
There’s a significant link between stress disorders and people living with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
A new study has found an association between stress-related conditions such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
What the study uncovered
Dr. Huan Song led the new study.
Song and her team posed the question of whether or not psychiatric reactions induced by traumas or other major life stressors were associated with the subsequent risk of autoimmune disease.
They concluded that stress-related disorders were shown to have a significantly increased risk of carrying with them subsequent autoimmune disease.
Still wondering why
Still wondering why
At this time, researchers can’t pinpoint the methodology behind the underlying mechanism. Further studies are needed to better understand this aspect of the findings.
But the link between RA and conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD remains.
In fact, one study showed that women with PTSD are more likely to develop RA than those who don’t live with PTSD. Smoking was found to increase this risk.
Conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD can also
psychotherapy, acupuncture, yoga, medication, massage, a healthful diet, exercise and physical activity, visualization, and meditation may all help.