Feelings of depression are relative

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An interesting study from Warwick University in the UK  shows that people’s perception of their own level of depression—or anxiety—are relative to those expressed by people around them or of what they perceive is going on in the wider world. This can lead to inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate treatments. This is important for HR and other professionals whose preliminary “diagnosis” of an employee’s mental state, and thus their need for treatment, is often based principally on an interview with the employee. Research published a few days ago showed that the same sort of mental ‘comparison-shopping’ by sufferers was true of PTSD as well.

Source: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/147rank148_of_suffering/