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Depressed people find facial expressions harder to read

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People with severe depression find it harder to recognise facial expressions in other people, particularly expressions of disgust, New Zealand researchers have found.

They studied 68 severely depressed people discovering that they found disgust the most difficult expression to recognise, compared with happiness, anger, sadness and fear.

The study’s author said a lack of dopamine in the brain was thought to be responsible for Parkinson’s disease patients’ inability to recognise disgust, and the same may be true for severely depressed people.

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  • we know all this as there have already been studies carried out. please could we have more professional articles on information required to further nursing careers and optimise patient care instead of all this time and precious financial resource wasting on research which merely repeats the obvious and is often a repetition of scaremongering in the popular press which really has no place in a professional journal. it just seems NT and its highly paid editors are trying to fill space and make money instead of advancing the nursing profession. I wonder how many nurses are on the editoria? board.

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  • correction - above

    last sentence should editorial board?

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