A study issued by the University of California, and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, revealed that poor mental health may affect cognition later in life, after examining the relationship between depression and injury. dementia According to the Medical Express website.
The study showed that depression in early adulthood may lead to cognitive decline after 10 years and cognitive decline in older people, known as dementia, as it was found that excessive stress hormones may destroy the ability to form new memories.
The researchers used innovative statistical methods conducted on 15,000 participants between the ages of 20 and 89, divided into three age groups: the elderly, middle-aged and children, to reveal the extent to which depression and your child’s mental health affect their future and the extent of their dementia.
Researchers found that children who experienced depressive symptoms in adulthood had a 73% chance of developing dementia later in life, and researchers also linked cognitive impairment in old age to depression in childhood.
The study indicated how depression can increase the risk of dementia and increase the production of glucocorticoid stress hormones, resulting in damage to the hippocampus, a part of the brain essential for the formation, organization and storage of new memories.