Depressed people do not distinguish between emotions

The ability to discern your emotions can help to identify the problem, which led to such feelings. However, it was found that clinically depressed people with depressive syndrome can not distinguish anger from frustration and sandicast from guilt. This is the conclusion of psychologists from the University of Michigan.

Scientists have conducted a study, which was attended by 106 people from 18 to 40 years. 53 participants were healthy, in the second half of the wards was diagnosed with clinical depression. Week, subjects were required to record their emotions in 56 times a day. Negative feelings were divided on the scale of 7 items (sadness, agitation, sandicast, shame, disgust, guilt, sadness), the scale of positive emotions included 4 points (happiness, excitement, activity, anxiety). It was found that depressive group participants often called 2 and more negative emotions at the same time, that is, it was difficult to distinguish between the feeling of disgust and frustration, etc. At the same time, both healthy and clinically depressed people do not have difficulties in the analysis of positive emotions. The researchers make the assumption that "patients with clinical depression easier able to distinguish between positive emotions because they help them feel better," said the head of research, psychologist, Emre Demiralp. Demiralp together with colleagues believe, this procedure accounts emotions will give a better opportunity to explore the emotional experiences of people with a diagnosis of "depression" and will pave the way towards a more effective treatment.

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