Prejudice from self
or from another can lead to depression, says a new study. William
colleagues of the University of Wisconsin -Madison suggest that there exists a
link between prejudice and depression.
The scientists argue that stereotyping others and
the consequent prejudice, and the kind of impressions that take shape about the
Self which lead to depression, are fundamentally similar. The depression caused
by prejudice - referred to as "deprejudice" by the scientists — can occur at
different levels. Similarly, the prejudice
shown by an abuser towards an abusee causes depression in the abusee. It can
occur within the Self when depression is caused within a person because of the
hatred he nurses towards himself!
research is based on the depression caused by negative thoughts that people
have about themselves or that other people have about them. It has not taken
into account "depressions caused by neurochemical,
genetic or inflammatory processes."
see many people who are depressed but
to understand that some of them are depressed because they are victims of prejudice directed at the self or of others' prejudice towards them can change the way depression is being treated in these people. The researchers
believe that interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness
training, used commonly to treat depression, may be particularly useful in
combating prejudice. Similarly, some of the interventions used to address
prejudice can be used to deal with depression.