Month/Year of Graduation
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Dr. Kristen Johnson
Speculations have been made within the scientific community that there is a link between the underlying mechanisms that impact anxiety disorders and immune system disorders. While many correlations between these disorders have been observed through various immune system disorder studies, this subject is still severely under-explored. In order to examine the potential relationship between anxiety disorders and immune system disorders, a survey was conducted and distributed among the student population at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. This survey collected data by asking a variety of questions that pertained to anxiety and immune system disorders diagnoses within the student population and their families. The survey results indicated that there is a high prevalence of anxiety disorders in individuals with immune system disorders. Additional research will need to be conducted before any conclusive links can be established. Future research may examine whether this link is only found in certain types of immune disorders, whether age and/or cultural influences have an impact on this relationship, assess 5-HT level correlations, and explore the role of gut inflammation in this link.
Dobbs, Katelynn, "Anxiety and Immunity: Affecting the Body and the Mind" (2022). Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects. 171.