Read how friends can change your mood

Read how friends can change your mood

While your friend's bad or good mood can affect you, it is unlikely to increase your risk of falling into depression, researchers have found.

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Findings:

  • The findings showed that mood does spread over friendship networks.
  • In addition,as do various different symptoms of depression such as helplessness and loss of interest.
  • Having more friends who suffer worse moods.
  • In addition,is associated with a higher probability of an individual experiencing low moods and a decreased probability of improving.
  • However, the effect from lower or worse mood friends is not strong enough to push the other friends into depression.
  • Understanding how changes in the mood get affected by friends' mood would help the researchers.
To develop interventions that tackle adolescent depression, said Researchers.

Study:

  • The new study also found that components of mood particularly appetite, tiredness.
  • And sleep may spread from person to person via a process known as social contagion.
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 350 million people across the world suffer from depression.
  • In addition,which impacts an individual's abilities to work and socialise and at worse leads to suicide.Understanding that these components of mood can spread socially suggests that while the primary target of social interventions should be to increase friendships. Because of its benefits in reducing the risk of depression, a secondary aim could be to reduce spreading of negative mood," said expert.

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