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Anxiety v. Depression

MRIs and emotional word tests indicate depressed worriers may have an advantage.

The study found the brain scans of a worried and depressed person doing the emotional word task were very different from those of a vigilant or panicky depressed person.

Despite depression, the worriers did better on the emotional word task because they were better able to ignore the meaning of negative words and focus on the task — identifying the color and not the emotional content of the words.

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW