Wouldn?t you know it?they say the good die young, but it turns out the happy may too. Scientists have discovered that mildly depressed older women tend to live longer than those who are not depressed at all.
This is contrary to most other studies on the link between depression and mortality, which have shown that depression increases the likelihood of death within a certain time period. ?This is totally counterintuitive to what you expect to see,? says Dan G. Blazer, a Duke University professor of psychiatry and behavioral science. ?We know that depression in younger populations is very clearly associated with mortality. It?s not so clear in older populations.?