When you are feeling down, you can get help from your family and a friend to help you get through the day.
But what about when you need a little emotional support, such as emotional guidance from a professional?
A new study from the University of Akron and the Ohio State University shows that the people who use emotional guidance systems are much more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
“These people who are experiencing a major depressive episode, when they go to a mental health professional, they are more likely than people who don’t have a mental illness to have major depression, anxiety and depression,” said study lead author Stephanie T. Wilson.
“In fact, these people were more likely as a group to have symptoms of depression, but also to have an increased risk for other mental health disorders.”
Researchers from the Ohio Health Sciences Center at Ohio State wanted to find out why.
In the study, participants were randomly assigned to receive either a brief intervention, or a long-term treatment that lasted two weeks.
The treatment was delivered in a variety of settings, including a doctor’s office, a therapist’s office and a home, and included a motivational speech from the person helping.
The researchers found that the emotional support groups were significantly more likely that participants who received a short intervention to have depressive symptoms.
This suggests that there is a long term effect from the emotional intervention that is similar to a short-term intervention, but is delivered in an intervention environment that is more likely for people who experience depressive symptoms to go on to have these depressive symptoms later in life.
This is consistent with previous research that suggests that emotional support is effective in preventing depressive symptoms, but not in preventing people from developing other mental illnesses, Wilson said.
She also said the study suggests that even people who have depression may be more likely and more resilient than people think, and this may help people make sense of their feelings, whether it is a major depression or an anxiety disorder.
The findings are reported in the July 6 issue of the journal PLOS ONE.
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