Depressed not sad

Several people today use social media to talk about how depressed they are. But depression is not merely grief; it is an illness that affects the mood regulation function of the brain. Certain areas of the brain help regulate mood. Depression is caused by a combination of several problems such as; faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems.

A bad breakup, stress at work, family problems, physical illness is a part of life, but we are equipped with a natural process to deal with these problems. People who suffer from depression, on the other hand, may lack the ability to deal with serious emotional problems and that may push them over the edge. Simply telling them to ‘move on’ or ‘get over it’ is not only not helpful but can seriously affect their recovery.

Researchers have identified genes that make individuals more vulnerable to low moods and influence how an individual responds to drug therapy. Although there exist certain anti-depressants that help regulate mood and create new neurons, each individual may react differently to these drugs. With the amount of research in this field, it may be in the near future that we have individualized treatment for depression.

Holistic and alternative healing can help with managing depression. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing can help the brain perform regulation functions and improve moods. While positive thinking and therapy can help manage with stress and grief.

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