Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Color Wheel can assess depression.

“Do not expect the world to look bright,
if you habitually wear gray-brown glasses”. - Charles William Eliot

We know already that we can create color harmony using the color wheel.

But it can be useful in other spheres as well, for example it can assess mood and even health status according to the new research. The results were published in the BMC Medical Research Methodology journal.

Depressed, anxious and healthy people were asked the following questions: Which is your favorite color? Do you associate your day-to-day mood with a particular color? The study found that healthy or depressed and anxious people liked blue and yellow. But healthy people associate their mood with yellow color, depressed and anxious people associate their mood with gray color.
There was suggesting that depressed patients viewed life as “monochromatic” or having “lost its color”. Commenting on their choice people with depression mentioned that the color gray relates to a dark state of mind, a colorless and monotonous life, misery or a disinterest in life.

For people in depression everything is gray. But even for healthy people too much of the color gray creates sadness and depression. You can change this by adding some color.

 But depression includes not only sad mood but also numerous symptoms (cognitive – such as hopelessness, self-criticism, suicidal thoughts, concentration difficulties; behavioral – such as withdrawal from other people; physical – such as insomnia, being tired, weight changes; emotional – such as sadness, nervousness, anger). In the case of severe depression to add colors is not enough, it’s necessary to visit a therapist.

Do not wear gray-brown glasses (at least not every day).

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