Sufferers expose others to depression through empathy, especially teenagers, according to the University of Binghamton University of Binghamton. Teenagers who pay attention to sad faces are also more likely to develop depressive symptoms, particularly during times of stress.
A discovery, therefore, that could provide important information to develop new strategies capable of early identifying the development of this disorder. Previous research had already highlighted the relationship between attention to other people's emotions and the onset of depression in adults.
Developing depressive symptoms would be easier especially during stressful times. So far, however, few studies have been able to validate this hypothesis and examine this relationship in more detail in an extremely delicate period, such as adolescence.
But the study has just been published in the on the pages of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology said: "Although previous studies have suggested that those who show constant attention to sad faces are more at risk for depression, our study is the first to test whether this affects how teens respond to stress, both in the lab and in the real world.
Basically, if the brain has a hard time controlling the way a teenager responds to emotions, this also results in their difficulty in taking their eyes off negative stimuli and their attention gets blocked. When teens who tend to pay more beware of sad faces are in a period of stress, they can generate a stronger response to this stress, since they have no difficulty in diverting their attention from negative emotions.
If a teenager has a tendency to pay more attention to negative stimuli when experiencing something stressful, they are likely to have a less adaptive response to this stress and are more prone to exhibit depressive symptoms."
To understand this, the researchers looked at the impact of teens' constant attention to facial manifestations of emotion, both in the real world and in simulated laboratory situations.
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