Study Says Depression is Contagious. Shocker


April 24, 2013 10:15 AM by Wade Blogs

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 9.45.07 AMYahoo – 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.

One thought on “Study Says Depression is Contagious. Shocker

  1. Hi,
    I liked your post and particular the “no sh*t it is” approach and I thought there was just a couple of things to point out that the study missed and why it is contagious.
    Firstly only clinical depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain; normal (and I use the word normal very loosely) depression is caused by 3 factors – a triad of depression if you like….

    1 – Physiology – your physical state is the biggest way to change your depression state. Picture a depressed person…. are their shoulder slumped, is their head down, their eyes on the floor, is their breathing shallow, do they like tired and … well …. depressed? Now radically change that….. stand up straight, look straight ahead, pull your shoulders back, take big healthy breaths and put a smile on your face! It’s really hard to be depressed in this physiology!

    2 – What you say to yourself – if your internal dialogue is constantly negative and depressive guess how you are going to feel? Your internal dialogue belongs to you; take control of it and tell the negative thoughts to…………. “Bugger off!”

    3 – What you focus on – much like number 2 above, if you focus only on negative / depressive things what is your mood going to be? Ask yourself positive questions …… what are they good things I can see in this? What positive actions can I take to change this? and you’ll feel a whole lot better.

    And these three things contribute to ‘depression’ being contagious……. you are indeed who you spend the majority of your tiime with; you naturally adopt similar physiologies, you naturally focus on the same things as the people around you becuase they go on about it so much! And if they are talking negatively all of the time your thoughts can stray that way as well.

    The only way to stop this is to be self aware enough to stop this from happening and consciously ensure that the triad of things above are in positive mode.

    I hope you didn’t mind my little rant 🙂


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