Depression is…

Depression is more than being sad for an extended period of time.

Depression is more than JUST a chemical imbalance of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is more than the failure of neurotransmitters to deliver information to nerve impulses.

Depression is the amygdala part of the brain (that responds to emotional significance of events) to be smaller when the disease is present.

Depression is the hippocampus, (the brains emotional memory center) and the anterior cingulate cortex, (in charge of impulse control and empathy) to also be smaller. Thus disabling the brain’s ability to regulate emotions.

Depression is the diminishing activity of the prefrontal cortex and the overactivity of the rest of the brain.

Depression is psychosocial factors… such as stress, or failure (losing someone close to you or failing at a job, or unable to get a job) to overwhelm the brain despite medication and therapies. Such levels of stress and pain can cause the release of the chemical cortisol, (from the adrenal glands) the coping chemical for a fight, flight or freeze response to stress. On the short term this a very normal function of the brain and body, in the long term it’s partially why parts of the brain shrink and “depress”.

Depression is unhealed trauma (stress) that can be held via a somatic memory (body memory) and cause (sometimes chronic) pain, fatigue, and insomnia.

Depression is described by sufferers as a dark heaviness that won’t go away. Victims can still smile and laugh, but it doesn’t mean they are okay.

Depression is a whole body illness. It’s more than a mental health problem.

Depression is also on a spectrum. Some people have it and they can get by with hobbies and the support of friends. Other’s find themselves overwhelmed, on medication, in therapy and still fighting suicidal thoughts.

Depression is more than a need for drug therapy. Medicines can help put the brain chemicals back in balance, but they cannot cure depression.

Depression is more than needing to talk or getting a hobby. Talk therapy and other forms of psychological help can give sufferers coping mechanisms when fighting depression, but they cannot cure it.

Depression is a lot of treatable symptoms, but not necessarily a treatable cause. The cause of depression is still unknown and largely because scientists limited themselves to the brain chemistry for centuries.
Only recently has depression been acknowledged as more than a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Depression is needing a shower, but being to fatigued to stand or wash even for a few minutes.

Depression is the loss of appetite, sleep, and hope.

Depression is hearing an inner voice and total isolating silence all at once.

Depression is an inability to cope with life in general, but still, somehow, refuse to give up.

Depression is a heart that has been broken and traumatized but never given hope of recovery.

Depression is real, it’s hard and it’s seemingly invisible.

Depression is a whole person. I am the face of depression, but I am not “depression.”

Source – Scientific American

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