Depression may be worse when accompanied by anger, irritability

September 11, 2013
Depression may be worse when accompanied by anger, irritability
Study followed patients for three decades.

(HealthDay)—Irritability and anger in people with major depression are associated with greater severity of depression and other problems, a long-term study suggests.

Researchers looked at data from more than 500 people who were followed for up to 31 years as part of a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health study on depression. The participants had when they entered the study between 1978 and 1981.

The new findings were published online Sept. 11 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Overt irritability and anger were present in about 54 percent of the patients when they entered the study, reported Dr. Lewis Judd, of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues.

They found that irritability and anger in these patients was associated with significantly more and longer-lasting depression, according to a journal news release. The two emotions also were associated with poorer , higher rates of lifetime substance abuse and anxiety disorder, more antisocial personality disorders, reduced and a higher rate of bipolar disorder in relatives.

Although the research showed that irritability and anger were associated with more severe depression, it did not prove that the two emotions caused the increased severity.

More information: The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.

Related Stories

Recommended for you

How language gives your brain a break

August 3, 2015

Here's a quick task: Take a look at the sentences below and decide which is the most effective. (1) "John threw out the old trash sitting in the kitchen." (2) "John threw the old trash sitting in the kitchen out."

Neural efficiency hypothesis confirmed

July 27, 2015

One of the big questions intelligence researchers grapple with is just how differences in intelligence are reflected in the human brain. Researchers at ETH Zurich have succeeded in studying further details relating to suspected ...

How does color blindness affect color preferences?

July 21, 2015

(Medical Xpress)—Dichromacy is a color vision defect in which one of the three types of cone photoreceptors is missing. The condition is hereditary and sex-linked, mostly affecting males. Although researchers have explored ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Sean_W
1 / 5 (2) Sep 12, 2013
Overt irritability and anger were present in about 54 percent of the patients when they entered the study,


Oh good, that won't apply to me because my irritability and anger are non-overt.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.