Anxiety Might Be an Early Sign of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease
A new study from the US suggests that anxiety symptoms might be the early sign of Alzheimer’s disease years before this mental condition become evident.
A team of scientists examined data received from the Harvard Ageing Brain Study, containing information about 270 healthy men and women aged between 62 and 90. None of them had active mental disorders.
Lead researcher Nancy Donovan, a geriatric psychiatrist from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, explains: “Rather than just looking at depression as a total score, we looked at specific symptoms such as anxiety. When compared to other symptoms of depression such as sadness or loss of interest, anxiety symptoms increased over time in those with higher amyloid beta levels in the brain.”
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