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Improvement of Outcome in Patients with Depression: Positive Emotion and Recovery of Interest

Date: 4 January 2018

MJP Journal Issue: Malaysian Journal Of Psychiatry, June 2017, Vol. 26, No. 1

Section: Editorial 

Author: Ng CG 

Institution: Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Abstract: Depression is the most common mental

health concerns of people seeking psychological or psychiatric services due to its significant impairment in life functioning. The two most prominent depressive symptoms are recurrent low mood and anhedonia – loss of interest and motivation to experience pleasure [1]. The conventional outlook on depression by mental health professionals has been revolving around the presence of negative emotions like depressed mood, sadness and guilt, with the treatment focusing heavily on alleviating such emotions. With treatments focusing heavily on alleviating emotions like depressed mood and guilt, many patients feel less depressed but their anhedonia tends to persist.

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