Joint Hypermobility Associated with Risk of Depression and Anxiety: Study

Close-up of a woman pressing the fold of her arm. Elbow pain, joint disease, skin care. Muscle weakness, atrophyNew research from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) suggests that hypermobile joints may be linked with the emergence of depression and anxiety in adolescence. The study looked at the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and patients with hypermobility.

Psychiatric problems can start before the age of 25, including depression and anxiety. Therefore, it’s important to identify the factors that could increase the risk for these disorders. This is what led researchers to analyze the link between joint hypermobility and depression and anxiety.


Joint hypermobility is one of the least understood and appreciated joint differences, but it should not be discounted. This difference arises due to a genetic variation in our connective tissue, which can cause joint laxity or looseness. Researchers found that since connective tissue is present throughout the body, joint hypermobility also affects the nervous system’s fight-or-flight reaction. This means that joint hypermobility can make people more sensitive to strong responses such as fright or sadness.

The study also found that hypermobile joints were more common in females than males. However, it was only found that in males aged 14 years, joint hypermobility increased the risk for depression at age 18.

Lea Milligan, CEO of MQ Mental Health Research, explained, “This study has highlighted the need for more targeted and bespoke support for hypermobile teenagers, particularly girls. The findings don’t just show the need for support for this group of individuals but also demonstrate the importance of research that takes a whole mind, body-brain approach to health and uses longitudinal studies to improve our understanding of which demographics are at higher risk of depression and anxiety.”

Hypermobility is a musculoskeletal condition that affects one in four people in the UK. It can profoundly impact life, causing daily pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. This research helps to identify those at risk for depression and anxiety at a young age, which can help with better, earlier-targeted treatments.

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Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.