Medical News Now title BOSCs latest research study on depression: Results in ‘significant’ news article Medical Times article A study published in the European Journal of Psychiatry in July 2015 concluded that depression is not just a mental disorder but an affective disorder that can be influenced by a number of factors, including cultural norms, education, family and social support, as well as psychological and physical health.
The study involved 1,826 patients from the Brescia area of Italy.
The researchers surveyed more than 500 patients from across Italy and across six different countries including Denmark, the UK, Germany, France, and Spain.
In a paper published in July 2016, they found that, while depressed people may experience an increase in symptoms, their overall level of depression is similar across countries.
According to the study, “the finding that depression and affective disorders are related in different ways, and that depression affects the same physiological pathways that affect affect affective states, is consistent with previous research that shows that emotional processes influence the emotional states of other people.
These findings support the view that depressive symptoms are not simply associated with biological processes but can also be influenced indirectly by psychological factors.”
The study, which is based on a longitudinal study, also found that people with depression are more likely to have a history of family dysfunction and poorer social support.
“The researchers found that depressed patients had a higher risk of experiencing family dysfunction compared with healthy controls.
The risk of family instability was higher for depressed patients compared with controls, but there was no difference between depressed and healthy controls when comparing the risk of depression,” the researchers wrote.”
We found that depressive patients were more likely than healthy controls to be diagnosed with the depression and its comorbidity,” they added.
The researchers concluded that depressive disorders are associated with a range of other health conditions, including substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic pain and other physical and psychological disorders.
This article originally appeared on Medical News World.