Social Connection And Depression Risk

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If you are experiencing low moods and are concerned you may slip into depression, there is one factor that may be the most important of all in preventing the onset of depression.

‘Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide’ and ‘…a major source of suffering and lost productivity globally…’ say Choi et al. (2020) in their research paper looking at over 100 factors that people can potentially modify for personal mental health gains [1].

In their study, the researchers set out to find out what might prevent or exacerbate our descent into clinical depression. The researchers used a sample of over 100,000 adults of white British ancestry who enrolled in UK Biobank.

From the original assessment of over 100 factors, the one that most robustly withstood all the testing was: social support factors. This came out on top even for those who have experienced traumatic…

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