Slowdown of Emotional Recovery Could be A Warning Sign for Depression

A study conducted at Wageningen University in the Netherlands found that before people become severely depressed, they find it harder to bounce back from negative emotions. A reduction in resilience when encountering emotional setbacks can be a warning of a depressive episode. The researchers looked at four emotions: cheerfulness, contentedness, anxiety, and sadness. They concluded that volunteers who took longer to recover from negative emotions were more likely to experience an increase in depressive symptoms, and more likely to develop major depression. Volunteers who took longer to transition from positive to negative emotions tended to become less depressed. The research team suggested that monitoring moods can help prevent depression from worsening.

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