An anti-anxiety drug may also help people cope with anxiety and depression, according to a study.
The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.
Researchers found that people with anxiety were less likely to show a decrease in blood levels of anti-depressant drug propranolol, which helps people with depression and anxiety, if they had received it as part of a medical treatment.
The drug is known to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
It is a widely used treatment for anxiety and depressive symptoms, as well other mental health conditions.
A person’s level of anti androgen in their blood was also linked to how likely they were to develop anxiety or depression, and to whether they were in good health.
Researchers took blood samples from more than 1,500 people between the ages of 20 and 79, using a blood sample from the left cheek and a saliva sample from their mouth.
They then compared the results with information on anxiety, depression and wellbeing measures.
Researchers found people who were more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety or depressive symptoms were also more likely of having anti-androgen levels in their body.
This led them to believe that people who had low anti-androgen levels in the bloodstream were also likely to have lower levels of anxiety and lower levels in wellbeing.
Study co-author and researcher Professor Matthew D. Hatton, of the University of Oxford, said: “Our findings are encouraging because it suggests that people at low antiandrogen status might be at a greater risk of developing anxiety and other mood disorders.”
Antidepressants are known to increase anxiety and reduce wellbeing.
We think that is a key reason why people who have low anti androgens in their bloodstream are at a higher risk of anxiety, and that the anti-propranolone drugs we tested may also play a role in the development of anxiety.