After conducting a study in which the lists of personal goals made by people with and without depression were studied, the University of Liverpool found that people with depression have goals that more more generalized than those of people who aren’t.
Participants in the study were asked to list short, medium, and long-term goals, and though both depressed and non-depressed people tended to have the same number of goals, those listed by depressed participants were more general and more abstract. Depressed participants, when asked for reasons for whether or not they achieved their goals, provided reasons that were not specific. This lack of focus, researchers theorize, creates a downward spiral of negative thoughts.
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