“What causes depression?” is a question many of us have asked. Responses are all over the map, but it’s fair to say that depression is a disease. Research supports this by demonstrating key differences in the brains of those who are depressed and those who are not.
The Effects of Brain
Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, health, and medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with some of the online health world’s most high-profile players. While Alison has written about virtually everything health-related, from arthritis to zoster, her main passion is helping people better understand mental illness. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses frequently lack the strength and resources to make sure their stories are heard and their suffering treated. They frequently become relegated to life’s margins, and everyone misses out on their potential contributions to a more caring and inclusive society. In that light, Palkhivala has worked with Belvoir on educational materials about depression and anxiety. She is also developing books about palliative care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison is active in her professional community and is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Alison’s non-professional time is largely taken up with family life. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children’s school and with various local charitable endeavors. Her meager free time is spent reading and looking for lakes to swim in. She also enjoys the occasional Netflix marathon and playing Civilization on her Smartphone, to her family’s ongoing chagrin.