Depression can lead to time distortion.
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Most people experience differences in how time is perceived, with or without depression.
For example, 10 minutes in the dentist’s waiting-room can seem like an hour.
While an enjoyable conversation with a good friend can pass in the blink of an eye.
What a new study finds, though, is that depressed people have a general feeling that time is passing more slowly, or even that it has stopped.
Dr. Daniel Oberfeld-Twistel, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Psychiatrists and psychologists in hospitals and private practices repeatedly report that depressed patients feel that time only creeps forward slowly or is passing in slow motion.
The results of our analysis confirm that this is indeed the case.”
The strange part is what happens when people with depression are asked to judge intervals of time.
For example, they are asked to watch a movie and estimate its length.