Researchers studying a group of college students found that certain types of depressive thinking can spread from close-living roommates like a lingering flu.


Although many people see depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain, scientists say social context and the way you see yourself and the world can be critical in causing and sustaining the illness, which affects around 10% of college-age adults.


Although this study was conducted with, “…108 incoming college freshmen at a private university in the Midwest, including 42 men with male roommates and 66 women with female roommates randomly assigned by the college,” I’ve seen this dynamic in action in a workplace that was comprised of adults, mostly over the age of 50, all threatened with an imminent, massive lay-off.  The article cites the Rumination prone personality type as being the more contagious rather than the Hopelessness brand, but I’ll argue any day that both are just as viral.

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