Does Depression Change How You Hate?

depressed-manRecent scientific studies in China and the UK, published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, have uncovered a new link between depression and hatred.

“The brains of depressed people hate incorrectly,” reports Amanda Macmillan of CNN Health. It appears that three regions of a depressed brain – collectively called the brain’s “hate circuit” – do not process feelings of hatred in a normal way.

Says biology specialist and professor of computer science at the University of Warwick, Jianfeng Feng, “We were a bit shocked when we first saw these results.” He is referring to findings that people with depression “have an impaired ability to cope with and learn from social situations in which they feel hate.” This finding, says Feng, explains why people often turn emotions such as hatred and anger inward.”

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