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Early Depression is Indicator of Problems to Come

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According to a new study, people who experience troubles and adversity early in life are more likely to become depressed later on than others when confronted with minor bumps in the road.

In the past, it was found that 30 percent of the people who deal with first-time depression and 60 percent of people who traditionally have dealt with a history of depression were likely to develop the condition when faced with a mild negative event that most people would be able to easily shrug off.

"We have known for a long time that some people are more likely to experience mental and physical health problems than others," George Slavich, an assistant professor at Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a university news release.

"For example, while some people get depressed following a relationship breakup, others do not. In this study, we aimed to identify factors that are associated with this phenomenon and to examine whether increased sensitivity to stress might be playing a role."

The study notes that 26 men and 74 women with depression who were interviewed throughout the study were measured for their responses to stressful situations. As per the results, relatively minor stress could initiate a bout with depression in people who had lost a parent or been separated from at least one parent before age 18. The results held true for people that dealt with depression at some point in their lives.

This study appeared in the online edition of the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

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