April 24, 2013 10:15 AM by Wade Blogs
Yahoo – The idea that your mood is affected by those you spend time with is probably not news to you.
But what if we told you that something as serious as depression — a chemical imbalance in one’s brain that can immobilize some — can be triggered by being around others who exhibit depressive behaviours.
A recent study by psychological scientists Gerald Haeffel and Jennifer Hames from the University of Notre Dame suggests that university students who live together can pass on their depression, through a mental process known as “cognitive vulnerability.”
Hrmm so you needed a study to see that depression is contagious? Have you ever been around someone down in the dumps and ever try to do ANYTHING? This is the worst waste of money I have seen in my life. My buddy was depressed in college after his smokeshow girlfriend broke up with him and started dating a member of the basketball team (if you follow my drift) and then he was supposed to have this grandeur internship at a bulge bracket bank but his connection got the axe and he didn’t have an internship. So long story short kid was in a constant miserable state and brought everyone to that party. Cheering someone up is the hardest thing to do sometimes and it is no shock this shit in contagious.
But then again they say smiling is contagious so I guess there’s that.