Those suffering from depression may actually see things more clearly than everyone else!

It is called “depressive realism,” and it is the idea that those suffering depression actually have a better sense of reality than most people, who harbor a false sense of being liked or a perfect world. However, this phenomenon is limited to those with what is considered moderate depression.

Psychologists Alloy and Abramson did studies in the 1970’s and 80’s in which they concluded that those who are somewhat depressed better understand their actual importance, reputation, locus of control, and abilities than those who are considered happy. However, all studies still highlight that it is better to be happy than intentionally be depressed to better understand things.