About one in three Americans have high blood pressure, and a new study suggests that those on medications to treat this disorder may be at increased risk for depression and a number of other mental health problems.
Although the exact reason for these results is not clear, the findings could suggest new ways to prevent mental health conditions, and also treat them.
COMMON PRESCRIPTIONS CAN LEAD TO MENTAL DISORDERS
The study found that common prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin antagonists, were associated with hospital visits for a number of mental health conditions including depression and bipolar disorder. People taking a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker were twice as likely to have been hospitalized with a mood disorder as those taking an angiotensin antagonist, The Washington Post reported.
On the other hand, patients taking an angiotensin antagonist were 53 percent less likely to have been hospitalized with a mood disorder than were those who took no blood pressure medication. Lastly, thiazide diuretics were not associated with any risk for mood disorder hospitalization.