“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.
Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.”
― Stephen Fry
I often talk about the emotional, and sometimes physical symptoms of depression and mental illness, however, often I tend to overlook the science. It is as important to understand what causes depression besides emotional trauma. There are things going on in our brains too.
The holistic approach (therapy, self-work, medication etc.) to treating depression is much like walking on stepping-stones, and adjusting our paths. Each person diagnosed with a mental illness needs a treatment tailored to their needs and values. What works for me:- a combination of therapies, may not work for you. Yet understanding how depression starts in our brain is really seeing the stones as they are distributed on the water. (it begins there)
I remember taking psychology 101, and learning how synapses and receptors acted like little wires to send messages to our big lovely brain. I hope they are showing this video in class now, it is a wonderful visual.
What Causes Depression
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