Stress and Depression Proved to Be Common Causes of Liver Disease

Chronic Stress  and Liver Disease 

Studies found that anxiety disorder or chronic depression does increase the risk of death from liver disease. Researches do prove that mental distress can increase people’s risk of cardiovascular disease.


The Symptoms of a Stressed Liver

Emotions like anger,  irritability and depression are common symptoms when our liver is in bad condition. Studies suggest that liver disease can potentially affect our decision-making abilities and even cause brain fog. (More:  Depression and Chronic Liver Diseases: Are There Shared Underlying Mechanisms?) 


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Severe Liver Disease and Brain Function’s Decline 

Hepatic encephalopathy refers to brain function’s decline which occurs as a result of severe liver disease. As our liver fails to remove toxins from our blood, the accumulation of toxins in our bloodstream might lead to brain damage.


Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy include worsening brain fog. Symptoms of Brain fog ranged from mental fogginess, forgetfulness, concentration problems, problems of memory and disorganized thinking. Related symptoms include chronic fatigue and irritability. 

The Connection Between Stress, Anxiety and Fatty Liver

Our liver can get further damaged because of negative emotions like rage or persistent anger, resentment, bitterness in our hearts.  Researches show that stress might affect our weight, food intake, and more. Significantly, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is linked to other diseases such as diabetes. (More: Depression, anxiety prevalent in young people with liver disease) 


Studies found that liver failure might lead to confusion, tremors and clumsiness in the brain. It can also result in personality changes, such as anxiety and depression.(Reference) 

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Depression Proved to be Common Symptom in Patients with Liver Disease

There are many kinds of liver disease, such as chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In a study published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, Dr. Xiaoqin Huang and his colleagues noted that “chronic liver disease [CLD] has been long recognized and associated with depression.”


#(Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, NAFLD)非酒精性脂肪肝病

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The Symptoms of Poor Liver Function

  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice) 
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles.
  • Chronic fatigue


Our liver regulates bile secretion, stores blood, and is connected with the tendons, nails, and eyes. Acupuncture treatment is good for liver disease, which might be helpful to promote the regeneration of liver cells.


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