Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Mauricio Infante and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin are finding that adolescents with internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression are more prone to having allergies. In a study of 184 young people being evaluated for psychiatric
disorders and allergies, 57% had a history of allergic
disorders, including asthma, hay fever, hives and eczema. (Reuters)
Dr. Infante writes in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, "these findings add to the growing body of evidence supporting an association between anxiety, depressive, and allergic disorders."
Researchers are hoping that the studies will lead to effective treatment and prevention strategies that target both disorders.
So the next time you're in a drugstore, keep an out for medicine labels that read "for sniffling, sneezing, moping, heartaching, stuffy life outlook, so you can look forward to your future" medicine.
Dr. Infante earned his medical degree from the Universidad del Valle Medical School in Colombia and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He speaks English and Spanish and practices Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University Of Wisconsin Hospital.