More than half of people who experience major depression for the first time experience a relapse.
A new study found that people recovering from depression spend more time processing negative information than positive information.
This puts people at risk of relapse after recovering from a major depressive episode.
“Our findings show that people with a history of depression spend more time processing negative information, such as sad faces, than positive information, such as happy faces, and that this difference reflects their medical history. It suggests that it is greater than in healthy people without cancer,” Alainna said. Wen, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Depression Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, said: in the statement.
“Since depression is characterized by more negative thoughts and moods and fewer positive thoughts and moods, this means that these people are at a higher risk of having another depressive episode. There is a possibility that
Major depressive disorder has a high recurrence rate, the authors said, with more than 50 percent of people experiencing their first episode having multiple episodes.
Researchers analyzed 44 studies involving more than 2,000 people with a history of major depressive disorder and published the results in the Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science.
Studies included studies in which participants categorized words or responded to positive or negative words. Some studies showed participants happy and sad faces and asked them to press different buttons.
Compared to healthy people, people who have had a major depressive episode are less able to control the information they process and may have more negative moods and thoughts. They also responded to stimuli more slowly than healthy subjects.
Researchers say the findings could help improve treatment of depression.
How many people in Europe suffer from depression?
About 7.2 percent of people in the European Union suffer from chronic depression, according to the latest Eurostat statistics.
Among European countries, Portugal had the highest proportion of the population reporting chronic depression and Romania the lowest proportion reporting depression.
In EU countries, women over the age of 15 had a higher prevalence of depression than men.
The proportion of people reporting depression increased with age in the EU.
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