A 41-year-old member asked:
Does someone commonly die of natural causes from sadness or depression?
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Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Interesting question: It would be hard to prove a direct causation. Probably not natural causes. However major depression is a serious and persisting illness and has connections/correlations to poor outcomes with a variety of medical treatments. Giving up, hopelessness, prolonged grief, caregiver stresses all have a significant emotional influence on immune system function and resistance to illnesses.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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