Depression & Loneliness Can Be Contagious

I read a very interesting article that I wanted to share with you today about depression and loneliness.  Have you ever noticed that if you are in a good mood and you spend time around someone who is sad or upset that your mood shifts?  That you may find yourself having a little difficulty seeing the bright side of things if you are around them too long?   Well this is definitely something that I have noticed, but have recently learned that there is actually a name for this phenomenon.  It’s called emotional contagion.

In the article Depression & Loneliness Are More Contagious Than You Think, Guy Winch, PhD discusses how this phenomenon works and what steps you can do to minimize the effects of it in your life.  Please read the first part of the article below.

“Depression is known as the ‘common cold’ of mental illnesses and 40% of adults will experience loneliness in their lifetimes. Consequently, the likelihood of you being in close contact with a person who is either depressed, lonely, or both is rather high. Since both depression and loneliness have been found to be contagious in certain situations, how worried should you be when your roommate, close friend, family member, or spouse is suffering from depression or loneliness (read Are You Married But Lonely here), and what steps can you take to protect yourself from ‘catching’ these conditions when they afflict someone near and dear to you?”

Please click here to read the full article.

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