If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
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“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
Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability severe enough to prevent someone from performing everyday activities. The cognitive skills affected can include all thinking skills, from the ability to make judgments to organizing speech, although memory loss is by
The word “fatigue” describes a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy, either physical or mental. Fatigue is generally distinguished from sleepiness or drowsiness, although a lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue. While someone who is drowsy might fight the urge to sleep, people who are fatigued often lack
Depression is a complex condition that comes in many forms. To help tease apart the different ways in which depression can manifest and to help clinicians choose the right treatments, the condition is classified into several different types. This chapter describes each type of depression and the specific signs and
Forgetting someone’s name, where you parked your car, or why you entered a room are experiences many people have as they get older. These lapses are often momentary and nothing to be alarmed about as they are usually a normal part of aging.
“As we age, there are three levels of
As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these
The lining of your gut is directly related to the health of your whole body. If you’re depressed and feel tired all the time, learn how to tell if leaky gut syndrome is to blame.
Brain neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that act as communication agents between different brain cells. In chronic depression, these brain chemicals get out of balance. Fortunately, there are some safe and effective natural health options available to balance brain chemicals.
Of the 30 or so neurotransmitters that have been identified, researchers
Stress is clearly a major contributor for most people who experience depression. And guess which system in your body controls how you react to stress? Your adrenal glands and the stress hormone it releases—cortisol.
But there is much more to the depression/hormone connection than just that. Other hormones, such as thyroid,