Study: People with mental illness die early

August 1, 2012

Researchers studied 68,000 cases of premature deaths from conditions, including heart disease and cancer, over a 10-year span.

They found low-level mental distress raised a person's premature death risk by 16 percent. Serious mental illness raised the risk by 67 percent.

The study is the largest of its kind to show a correlation between psychological distress and death.

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