Certain Mental Disorders May Lead to Early Development of Alzheimer’s

Certain Mental Disorders May Lead to Early Development of Alzheimer’s

The investigation included 1,500 people with Alzheimer’s disease who were screened for a history of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Overall, participants reported a history of depression (43%), anxiety (32%), bipolar disorder (1.2%), PTSD (1%) and schizophrenia (0.4%). Scientists noted that in general, individuals with one mental health condition experienced symptoms of dementia almost two years earlier than those without. People with two psychiatric disorders showed symptoms nearly three years earlier than those who had none, and individuals with three or more mental disorders had symptoms about seven years earlier than those without any mental health condition. In keeping with their young age at the onset of dementia, few exhibited common Alzheimer’s risk factors.

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