Responses to daily negative stress has sustained impact even years later.

A new study published in , has determined that our responses to daily may predict our long term mental health and that constant expose to plays a large role in causing sustained emotional distress.

of the University of California, Irvine and colleagues conducted the study in order to answer a long-standing question: Do daily add up to make the straw that breaks the camel’s back, or do these experiences make us stronger and provide an inoculation against later distress?

Using data from two national surveys, the researchers examined the relationship between daily and ten years later.

Participants’ overall levels of predicted psychological distress (e.g., feeling worthless, hopeless, nervous, and/or restless) and diagnosis of an like anxiety or depression a full decade after the emotions were initially measured.

Participants’ negative emotional responses to daily stressors — such as argument or a problem at work or home — predicted psychological distress and self-reported ten years later.

The researchers argue that a key strength of the study was their ability to tap a large, national community sample of participants who spanned a wide age range. The results were based on data from 711 participants, both men and women, who ranged in age from 25 to 74. They were all participants in two national, longitudinal survey studies: Midlife Development in the United States () and National Study of Daily Experiences (NSDE).

According to Charles and her colleagues, these findings show that aren’t only affected by major life events — they also bear the impact of seemingly minor . The study suggests that of these in response to daily stressors can take a toll on long-term mental health.

SOURCE

S. T. Charles, J. R. Piazza, J. Mogle, M. J. Sliwinski, D. M. Almeida. The Wear and Tear of Daily Stressors on Mental Health. , 2013; DOI: 10.1177/0956797612462222

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