What Your Instagam Pictures Say About Your Mental Health

In a recent Harvard study, a computer program accurately diagnosed 7 out of 10 people with depression based on the photos they posted.

Those suffering from depression tended to use the “inkwell” filter to drain the color out of the photo, while healthy users picked the much more colorful “Valencia” filter for brighter tones.

Psychiatrist Igor Galynker told CBS News, “There are reasons why depression is called blue, and why people associate red with raging, and why people say depression is like a dark or black cloud. Patients with depression choose to wear darker colors. They generally avoid bright stimulation altogether.”

Read the full study here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 to 24.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Lifeline crisis chat. In an emergency, call 911.

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