Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain

Most people feel depressed and discouraged at some point or other in their life. Sadness, anxiety, grief — we all feel these emotions at various times in our lives. Sadness may be caused by a setback or a loss, while anxiety may be triggered by a threat or a challenge. It is perfectly natural for our emotions to wax and wane with the ups and downs of our lives, but when these feelings present for weeks or months, it could be a sign of DEPRESSION. People with depression may feel like they are losing control. They lose interest in life, feel sad all the time and have difficulty concentrating.

Depression can be happen to anyone. From 10 to 20 per cent of the general population will have to deal with depressing at least once in their life. Depression affects twice as many women as men, and usually occurs between the age 25 and 45. Depression happens in every culture, around the world, and no social or economic class spared.

Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is a real disease and is characterized by three persistent factors.

1. Major feeling of malaise 2. Marked loss of interest in usual activities 3. Physical symptoms, including memory loss, fatigue, sleep problems, change of appetite, decreased sexual desire.

Depression is not uncommon. Depression is expressed through physical complaints such as persistant headaches, digestive problems, and fatigue.

For temporary feelings of sadness, taking a walk,  or doing a favourite activity can help. But for real depression individual should seek professional help.

People with depression tend to prefer solitude and are likely to with draw from family and friends. It is important to let them know that they  could on you for support. Also, be sure to encourage them to seek professional help. Take Multi-vitamins and multi-minerals daily. Cut sugar and sugar prodocuts, potato and potato products and refine carbohydrates such as: Cake, pastry, cookies etc, exercise half an hour daily, drink 8 to 12 glasses of fresh crystal clear clean water everyday, eat green leafy and colorful vegetables and fruits daily.

3 thoughts on “Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain”

  1. It is a fact that depleted amounts of neurotransmitters will be found in the depressed individual’s brain chemistry- however, I do not agree with the statement that…”depression is CAUSED by a chemical imbalance in the brain…” There is no way to determine which came first- the depressed mood or the chemical imbalance. It is hypothesized that a portion of people are predisposed to suffer from depression, although many environmental factors in an individual’s life will have an impact on whether or not the predisposed individual will actually suffer from the disorder. I stand on the position that an individual’s own thought processes, their own reactions to events in their life, actually create the chemical imbalance that is found in the brain of a depressed person. I agree that genetics does play a role in whether an individual will be able to overcome the beginnings of a depressed mood, although if minimal environmental stressors are experienced in the individual’s life, they will not suddenly experience a chemical imbalance and become depressed. Environmental stressors are the catalyst to the depletion of the neurotransmitters, and can be affected by other factors such as poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

  2. Yes there is, it is called positron emission tomography. I am a student at Johns Hopkins, we use this technology in our medical research to determine factors such as the amount of these neurotransmitter present in patients. i.e. dopamine, serotonin. Notice the spelling of serotonin by the way**
    Facts need to be straight when commenting.

  3. There is no test to determine seratonin and dopamine levels in the brain. Therefore, there is no scientific way to determine if a person has a deficiency of these chemicals.

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