Depression is something many people suffer with for a variety of reasons. Let us look at some of the reasons people suffer with major depressive disorder, as designated by the DSM-V, the diagnostic and statistical manual of Mental Disorders. Let us first take a look at depression in our Webster Dictionary for a quick summation. Depression-1. feelings of despondency and dejection 2. A mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lavk of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep.
Daily Wisdom Word Meaning-The same.
Daily Wisdom Words is supposed to be about positive, uplifting things, but we do have to cover all conditions in life, and depression is one of them.
Depression is sometimes seasonal, temporary, and affects 3 parts of the brain if it is diagnosed by a Mental Professional or Psychiatrist as Major Depressive Disorder. These three parts of the brain that appear to play a role in MDD,(Major Depressive Disorder), are the hippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal Cortex.
The Hippocampus is located near the center of the brain. It stores memories and regulates the production of a hormone called cortisol. The body releases Cortisol during times of Mental and Physical Distress as well as Depression. Problems occur when excessive amounts of Cortisol are sent to the brain due to a stressful event or a Chemical Imbalance in the body.
The Prefrontal Cortex is located in the very front of the brain and is responsible for regulating emotions, making decisions and forming memories. When the body produces an excessive amount of Cortisol, the Prefrontal Cortex appears to shrink.
The Amygdala is located in the part of the brain that facilitates emotional responses, such as pleasure and fear. In people with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), the amygdala regulates hormones and other chemicals in the body, leading to further complications.
Can we change this shrinkage of the Prefrontal Cortex? Experts have found that balancing the amount of cortisol and other chemicals in the brain can help reverse any shrinkage of the hippocampus and treat the memory problems this may cause.
There are several common medications that can fight the negative effects of depression on the brain by helping to balance the chemicals in the brain. These include drugs called SSRIs-Selective Serotonin uptake inhibitors. These drugs help by regulating levels of Serotonin in the brain. There are also NDRIs, (Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors. There are also drugs known as atypical antidepressants
To go any further with this would be presenting myself in a light of being a Mental Professional, which I am NOT. The reason I am so informed on this subject is because I personally suffer with persistent depression.
What else can we do to help with depression lasting longer than a few months, that one has suffered with for a lifetime? Research shows before any of the above options are tried, psychotherapy can alter brain structure and help relieve MDD symptoms. Specifically, Psychotherapy appears to strengthen the Prefrontal Cortex so it is always best to try therapy first, before any medication if you suffer with depression for various periods of time. There is also a point where you must use your best judgement when deciding if you really have, MDD.
Ask yourself if you are depressed for LEGITIMATE reasons. Depression is natural as part of the spectrum of moods we can have, but only you know if it is persistent resulting in the above treatments being necessary.
If this is the case, and you don’t suffer with MDD, just Depression, try the natural approach to help yourself. Things in research that have proven to be affective are sleeping well, which helps grow and repair brain cells, avoiding alcohol which is a major depressant and MOST importantly, talking with a Doctor to evaluate this issue to see which approach makes the most sense for you.
I am writing this article today, is hopes that others with depression that is persistent, will reach out to a professional to have their personal depression evaluated by a trusted professional, who has been too embarrassed in the past to come forward. It is a disorder that CAN be helped, so don’t be embarrassed about dealing with this issue, and most importantly, don’t try to deal with it alone!
Thank you so much for reading today, and if you have any comments, they are greatly appreciated. The purpose of this post is “enlightenment” as to what the major causes of MDD are and how to deal with it best.
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