A recent study found time seems to pass slowly, or even stand still, when a person suffers from depression. Psychologists say people with depression experience time differently from those without symptoms of depression. Although depressed people are able to accurately judge a duration of time, such as five minutes, they have a subjective feeling that the time is passing more slowly, researchers found.
Researchers explained people without depression tend to perceive time based on subjective criteria pertaining to a specific situation. For example, time might drag on if a person is waiting for something, or seem to speed up if an important deadline is fast approaching. In this study, researchers found depressed people tend to perceive a given length of time passes more slowly than for someone without depression.
According to the World Health Organisation, 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression worldwide. Furthermore, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
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