Research from Columbia University and Harvard Medical School has found that the unexpected death of a loved one roughly doubled the risk for new-onset mania in people 30 and older. For people between the ages of 50 and 70, the risk increased more than fivefold, according to the study. That’s after controlling for other factors, such as prior psychiatric diagnoses, other traumatic experiences, and certain demographic variables like sex, race, income, education, and marital status. Losing a loved one unexpectedly also raised the risk of major depression, excessive use of alcohol, and anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and phobias, the researchers reported.
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