Summary #1230

Mitochondria May Hold Keys to Anxiety and Mental Health

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  • In the past few decades, scientists have linked mitochondrial DNA mutations to multiple diseases, but they only recently started looking at links to mental disorders.
  • Multiple studies suggest that faulty mitochondria may cause increased stress, anxiety and depression, but there is still very little evidence.
  • Responding to stress might change the shape of the mitochondria, making it hard for them to “communicate”, which can lead to cell damage and even death.
  • Researchers are already looking into drug therapies that would boost mitochondrial output as a way to potentially treat people prone to stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Many experts say stress and anxiety are too complicated to have a single cause, and while mitochondria are crucial for neurons, they’re only a piece of the puzzle.

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