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Is Depression Contagious?

Jan 16, 2018 | Mental Health, QA

Catching clinical depression from someone is not very likely.  Depression can technically only be passed biologically through genetics. Someone that transmits depression by hereditary means is giving it unknowingly which can skip a generation and even skip within siblings.

Moods are contagious, but depression is not. If you are around somebody that is joyful, then there is a good chance that you will become joyful. On the flip side, if someone is disgruntled about something, then probably you will become irritated as well. The philosophy of “you are who you surround yourself” with can ring true with mood, but depression is a much more complex disorder.

Clinical depression is characterized by having anguish that can be caused from biological, environmental, social, and psychological factors that affect the brain. Although clinical depression can be described as a mood disorder, professional help may need to be sought to get through it.



  • Reduced interest in pleasurable things
  • Weight loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of Energy
  • Changes in attitude
  • Psychomotor agitation


Symptoms of clinical depression can affect sleep, diet, concentration, energy level, and self-esteem. People that are depressed may have emotional and physical problems that limit a person’s ability to function in the normal ways they are used to. Getting treatment for depression can be helpful to relieve the symptoms that cause it.

When a person feels like they need help for depression, it is important to get a full diagnostic evaluation and a physical examination. Doctors can rule out other medical conditions that may be causing a depressive mood rather than having full on clinical depression. Getting evaluated for depression can spot specific symptoms and gather information, such as medical records, environmental circumstances, and family history, to lead to a proper diagnosis.

A medical plan of action can help people to overcome depression. Medication, therapy, or a combination of the two may be the key factors in addressing the situation. More extreme cases of depression may need hospitalization especially if someone is putting themselves or others at risk. Research suggests that taking certain necessary steps may be instrumental in normalizing brain function where depression is concerned.

Clinical depression can last for long periods of time and moods can fluctuate temporarily with different environments. People that get depressive mood swings are making the choice of whether they are going to be happy or sad. People with depression do not have a choice in their moods and with help can take the power back.

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