Summary #1204

Perseverance Toward Life Goals Can Fend Off Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorders

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  • 18-year-long study of 3,294 American adults (avg age 45) shows that persistent work towards achieving goals reduces depression, anxiety and panic disorders.
  • Participants were interviewed about their approach towards challenges, and diagnosed for mental disorders.
  • The findings of this study suggest that maintaining optimism and resilience, and working towards goals can improve mental health over time.
  • On the other hand, people who don’t have any goals and become cynical can pay high mental health costs for their negative attitude.
  • Interestingly, self-mastery (feeling in control of our life) didn’t have an effect on the participants’ mental health.

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