Do Allergies Cause Depression?

Do spring allergies already have your eyes watering and your nose running? New studies suggest that seasonal allergies can also affect you psychologically

By Reader's Digest Editors

Do spring allergies already have your eyes watering and your nose running? New studies suggest that seasonal allergies can also affect you psychologically, and leave you with a greater risk of developing depression.

Allergies can have tremendous physical affects on sufferers. Whether it’s fatigue, sleepless nights, headaches, or congestion, the physical toll that allergies take on a person makes them twice as likely to suffer from depression than a person without allergies. Studies show that allergic reactions release cytokines in the body, which causes inflammation and also reduces levels of serotonin, which helps maintain a feeling of well-being.

Here are tips on how to keep your allergies under control this spring:

How Do You Know if You Have a Seasonal Allergy?

How to Allergy Proof Your Home?

Top 5 Spring Allergy Mistakes to Avoid

Source: New York Times

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    • http://www.morphemeremedies.com/guggul.htm Guggul

      I don’t think so that allergies can too have a hand in causing the depression problem….

      • Emo

        I don’t know.. my allergies have been running rampant all week. I have gradually becoming more and more depressed myself. I don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning, or be around people.. I just my symptoms to do away so I can hear and see and not be so upset..