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Depression

03 June 2011

Negative thoughts can trigger depression

We all have our ups and downs—a fight with a friend, a divorce, the loss of a parent. But most of us get over it. Only some go on to develop major depression.

We all have our ups and downs - a fight with a friend, a divorce, the loss of a parent. But most of us get over it. Only some go on to develop major depression.

Now, a new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests part of the reason may be that people with depression get stuck on bad thoughts because they’re unable to turn their attention away.

People with depression had trouble re-ordering the words in their head; if they were asked to remember the words in reverse order, they took longer to give the correct answer. They had a particularly hard time if the three words had negative meanings, like “death” or “sadness”.

 

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