Can Depression Be Contagious?

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Mood states, any emotion, does have the capacity for sort of contagion effect, whether it's empathy or sadness. Anyone who's walked into a party where there's a lot of laughter can feel that sort of surge in their own capacity for that. Being around someone who's depressed is difficult, it doesn't necessarily lead to depression, you can end up feeling unsatisfied, frustrated, hurt, angry and sometimes the partners need a significant amount of support and help themselves.