Effects of Depression on Time

Posted on March 27, 2015

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Most of us differ in our perception of time, with or without depression. Sometimes waiting seems like forever, or while we were having fun, the time passes really quick.

The new study finds that depressed people often feel that time is passing more slowly or that the time has stopped.

Those with depression were given the task to judge the intervals of time by watching a movie and estimating its length. They were asked to pressed a button if they feel that five seconds has passed. There was no difference found between those with and those without depression. Thus, depressed people are just as accurate at judging intervals of time.

However, depressed individual’s subjective feelings of the passage of time is different from their ability to assess intervals/duration of external events.

People with depression might have concentrated more on the passage of time, thus it “feels longer” to them.
While those without depression, tends to focus more on their task, hence it feels that the time passes more quickly.


Source material from PsyBlog

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