In one recent research scientists have shown that many young people depression develops on the background of neurosis. The latter condition is characterized by a high level of anxiety and mood swings.

"It was my professional dream to be able to prevent the development of anxiety disorders and depression in people who would otherwise have experienced them. We have very good treatments, as soon as people have begun to suffer from the disease. We make much less progress on prevention," says Richard Zinbarg, Professor, one of the authors of the study.

Moreover, scientists believe in the existence of a strong link between neuroses and most mental illnesses. Neuroticism is a predisposing factor to the development of pathology of the psyche.

The discovery will help in the near future to identify particular risk groups. "We can identify those kids might have to work and to reduce the risk of depression," reads the study.

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