Vulnerability to depression can be contagious, study shows

The Telegraph:

Researchers have found that the gloomy mindset of students vulnerable to depression can be contagious, making their friends more likely to suffer the condition six months later.

The research, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, follows up on studies showing that people who respond negatively to stressful life events, interpreting the events as the result of factors they can’t change and as a reflection of their own deficiency, are more vulnerable to depression.

Doctors Gerald Haeffel and Jennifer Hames, of Indiana’s University of Notre Dame, noted that this cognitive vulnerability seemed to solidify in early adolescence and remain stable throughout adulthood.

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