Once again, research shows a direct connection between mental health and physical health. Previous studies have drawn connections between depressive thoughts and physical ailments including cardiovascular health and generalized pain. But a new study shows a silver lining: people who are less confrontational may heal faster, at least when it comes to foot sores related to diabetes. The study found that people with depression had typically larger sores, and that those with confrontational responses to stress tended to heal slower. Working on positive thinking, and getting therapy or counseling for both depression and aggressiveness or confrontation, then, may help individuals not only stay healthier mentally, but to heal faster physically as well.
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