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Association between psychological distress and mortality: individual participant pooled analysis of 10 prospective cohort studies

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4933 (Published 31 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4933

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Those as puzzled as I am by the mystery factor now said to be responsible for a considerable part of the increased mortality associated with clinical depression and anxiety might like to search for "Family stigma, sexual selection and the evolutionary origins of severe depression's physiological consequences." This paper initially sruck me as rather implausible but now I am not so sure.

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09 August 2012
Alan H Ogden
Retired
Consultant psychiatrist
9, The Drive, Hopwood, B48 7AH