According to research and past data, it’s believed that people with some kind of allergies often end up having at least one mental health condition. For instance, there’s an elevated chance that a person dealing with depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia might also be suffering from atopic dermatitis.
What’s more, asthma and hay fever have also been very closely linked with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. But that was what was “believed” until now. The latest data study derived by UK Biobank shows some varied and interesting outcomes!
The new study confirms a direct relationship between allergies and mental health, but it doesn’t imply a straightforward causation relationship. It highlights that allergies aren’t caused singularly due to mental health conditions or vice-versa, but in fact, there’s more to it.
The New Research
For the purpose of this study, researchers were reported to have used Mendelian randomization to investigate a possible correlation between allergies and mental health disorders on a general level, taking asthma, hay fever, and AD under special recognition.
In conjunction with this, mental health disorders like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, neuroticism, and depression were taken into consideration. After much digging and analyzing, no concrete evidence of a causal relationship between mental health disorders and allergies could be established.
A senior author involved in the study, Dr. Hannah Sallis, explains that there are a bunch of methodologies that have been used to reach a final conclusion, which is why the researchers totally believe in the findings.
Establishing a strong statement like whether there’s an active correlation between both the conditions requires factual data and supremacy, that all the strategies have been utilized and targeted appropriately.
No signs of causal correlation
Now while the study didn’t rule out a direct correlation between the two conditions, there might be some statistically insignificant causal relationship that could have been left out. Dr. Ashley Budu-Aggrey, senior research associate at Bristol medical school, states that there might be a few causal mechanisms that could have escaped from the researcher’s analysis.
A condition like visible skin rashes or severe itching can easily lead to social implications that might turn into a mental health condition down the line. Similarly, sleep deprivation due to any sort of allergy could also affect a person’s mental health in the longer run.
Keeping everything in perspective, there seems to be no direct causal relationship between mental health conditions and allergies, but if experts are to be believed, a possible shared mechanism between the two can be established.