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02:48 - Source: CNN
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People with mental disorders have been found to be at higher risk of developing age-related diseases, but not necessarily at greater risk of aging faster — until now.

Experiencing mental disorders early in life may lead to poorer physical health and accelerated aging in adulthood, found a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Study participants who had a greater variety and persistence of mental disorder symptoms in adulthood — or high general psychopathology scores — were aging faster biologically by a factor of about 5.3 years between ages 26 and 45 compared to participants with the lowest scores. The disorders the higher-risk individuals experienced when they were younger included mainly anxiety, depression, substance misuse and schizophrenia.