While the link between depression and dementia has been well-documented, the relationship between anxiety and dementia has not gained much focus. However, the findings of a Swedish study conducted on twins confirms a definite association between anxiety and dementia. According to the Swedish Adoption Twin Study, people who have a high level of anxiety anytime in their life have a 48 percent increased risk of being demented when they age.
Although several studies have already explored the link between dementia and other mental disorders, such as depression and neuroticism, this study published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia in April 2016 has succeeded in establishing the association between anxiety and dementia, irrespective of depression. Read more