Time moves much more slowly for depressed people
Time seems to pass much more slowly for people suffering from depression, concludes new research from psychologists at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany--this despite evidence that they are just as accurate as healthy people when it comes to estimating the duration of a specific interval of time, say two minutes.
The researchers analyzed the results of 16 different studies examining 433 depressed subjects and 485 non-depressed control subjects. For the first part of the study, subjects were surveyed on their perception of time. The depressed subjects felt time moved much more slowly compared to the non-depressed subjects.
The second part of the study asked the subjects to subjectively estimate the length of a movie in minutes, press a button for five seconds, or identify the length of different sounds. In this case, the results obtained from the depressed patients were the same as the non-depressed subjects, indicating that depressed patients can assess the difference in time passage from their own perception of time.
The researchers said that more research needs to be done on the effects of antidepressants and psychotherapy on time perception and on how bipolar patients assess the passage of time compared to people without the condition.