Many people experience anxiety occasionally. Before a job interview, you might feel queasy, worry about money, or worry if your child won’t be home by curfew. It is a characteristic of being human. But what if your severe anxiety persists? Obsessive or negative thoughts can dominate your mind to the extent that it becomes difficult for you to function in daily situations. We refer to that as neurotic behavior. It may be, but is not always, the result of a mental disorder.” (Neurotic Behavior, 2021)
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Controlling blood pressure can reduce anxiety, neuroticism, and cardiovascular disease.
What is high blood pressure?
When we check blood pressure, we look at two numbers. The top number, the systolic blood pressure, shouldn’t be higher than 160. The diastolic blood pressure, which is the lower number, should not be more than 100. If you have more than one risk factor, the limit would be 140/90. If you don’t have anything that puts you at risk, 160/100 is a good limit.
High blood pressure is not a disease , but it puts stress on the heart and makes it more likely to have a stroke or heart attack in the future.
Heart disease is more likely to happen if you have high blood pressure. It is also thought to be linked to anxiety, depression, and neuroticism, which is a type of personality that makes a person more likely to feel bad emotions like anxiety and depression. What causes what is not clear.
The researchers used a method to obtain genetic evidence supporting a causal relationship and reducing sources of error in observational studies, where they used genetic variants as surrogates for a specific risk factor.
Eight large datasets with DNA from blood samples of people with a predominately European ancestry were used by the researchers to study hypertension, systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), pulse pressure, anxiety, depressive symptoms, neuroticism, and subjective well-being.
Connects the brain and the heart
Anxiety, depressive symptoms, and subjective well-being were not affected by high blood pressure or diastolic blood pressure, according to the analysis.
After adjusting for multiple testing, only diastolic blood pressure was associated with neuroticism.
The study had a number of limitations, but the authors explain that because blood pressure links the brain and the heart, it may help people develop their personalities.
People with neuroticism can be sensitive to criticism from others, they are often self-critical and easily become anxious, angry, worried, hostile, or depressed.
Important cause of anxiety
Neuroticism is seen as an important cause of anxiety and mood disorders. People with neuroticism more often experience high psychological stress, which can lead to elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the authors write.
Taking care and controlling blood pressure can be beneficial in reducing neuroticism, mood disorders, and cardiovascular disease,