Link between allergic rhinitis and mental health

Posted on April 1, 2016

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Allergic rhinitis (AR) is one of the most common chronic diseases and impairs sufferers' quality of life, sleep, and work performance. Over the last decade, an increasing prevalence of AR has become a worldwide trend, including Korea. AR is associated with physical, emotional, social impairments and difficulties at work or school. There are several reports describing the association between allergies and depressive disorder/anxiety/sleep disturbance/suicide risk.

In the study, stress, depressive mood, suicidal thoughts, and psychological consultation factors were correlated with AR after adjustment for demographic characteristics and socioeconomic status.

Even after adjustment for comorbid allergic diseases (i.e., asthma and atopic dermatitis), the correlation remained significant with stress, depressive mood, and psychological consultation factors. Thus, the results support the association between AR and poor mental health state. Moreover, mental health components showed a linear the relationship with the severity of AR.

Category(s):Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Mental Health in Asia

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