Some behaviors might be caused by anxiety - - Jackson, MS

Some behaviors might be caused by anxiety

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Unhealthy behaviors like smoking, binge drinking and poor diets may be the result of stress and anxiety.

Researchers in Providence, Rhode Island followed nearly 500 adults for a year.

All had sought care at a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases.

Unprotected sex, smoking, sleeping too much or too little -- all of those behaviors were found to be coping mechanisms for depression and anxiety.

-Study led by researchers at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and published in Translational Behavioral Medicine

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