This is part one of two. The next one will deal with anxiety.
Can Depression Be Cured? Latest Research | HeadHeartHand Blog – There is good, but also disturbing news here.
Depression is a neurodegenerative systemic disorder rather than a chemical imbalance.
There is chemical imbalance in depression but the primary cause is a loss of brain tissue in key areas (and abnormal increase of brain tissue in one key area).
A number of areas in the brain are physically changed in this disorder of the stress response.
In melancholic depression (which affects 35% of those with major depression), the stress response is disordered in that when triggered it does not terminate quickly enough or sufficiently enough. It gets stuck in the “on” position.
The last paragraph above (which was actually earlier in the article) makes a lot of sense to be, as I experience this pretty much chronically.j
The parts about damage to the brain and the rest of the body is very disturbing.
I’ve always been reticent to say that ‘depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain’, because that’s mainly a guess. A few years from now, there may be other significant information to add to the equation. Unfortunately, this research is still in the beginning stages. (Maybe it’s past ‘infancy’?)
New Fast-Acting Anti-Depressant Drugs on the Way | HeadHeartHand Blog – What bothers me about this is cost, and efficacy over a long period of time.
New Depression Research: Appreciation, Critique, and Gospel Opportunities | HeadHeartHand Blog – Conclusion to the above
We can know that God created us and knew ahead of time what our how lives and bodies would end up. (Psalm 139:13-16) Believers can look forward to new heavenly bodies. (2 Corinthians 5:1-5)
Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
Luke 12:27 HCSB
Substitute wildflowers with Thanksgiving Cactus:
I take pictures of these almost every year, but this flower was so perfect, I had to do just one more.