'Fun People' Can Be Depressed Too

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 11 (UPI) — Friends and family may miss signs of depression in those with “fun-loving” personalities, a U.S. researcher says.

Paul Duberstein of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York says friends and family members of an outgoing person may miss the signs indicating depression.

Duberstein explains he and colleagues hypothesized friends and family would miss depression in a person who is introverted, but, he said, their research showed the opposite to be true.

The study, published in International Psychogeriatrics, suggests depression may be inconsistent with the expectations family and friends have a person with an extroverted personality and may lead to the grave consequences of missed diagnoses and “false negatives.”

“When a person who has enjoyed socializing and whose mood normally is positive becomes depressed, friends and family often don’t recognize it,” Duberstein said in a statement.

Duberstein, the corresponding author, and colleagues looked at 191 primary care patients age 60 or older who were often accompanied on visits to physicians by friends or family members who could help identify at-risk individuals.

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