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GPs should make an extra effort to be upbeat when treating depressed patients, who can otherwise view consultations negatively, a GP academic believes.

Professor Christopher Dowrick , head of primary care at the University of Liverpool and a GP in the city, found patients with depression often misinterpreted visual and verbal cues.

'GPs should be aware that depressed patients may misinterpret cues as being more negative than they actually are,' he said. 'If we're feeling down we perceive people as being negative when they're not. There's the potential for a vicious circle.'

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