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Depression: What happens when our brains adapt to depression?

Depression is more than feeling sad for a few minutes or crying during a sad movie.

Depression is a mood disorder; it comes with a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

When your brain begins to adapt to depressive symptoms it can begin to change how you think, feel and behave. Thus it can lead to a range of emotional and physical problems. Depression can cause difficulty doing daily activities, and can even make you feel as if life isn't worth living.

The brain plays a large role in this as the amygdala is a major part in emotional expression and in moods during threatening situations.

Depression especially untreated can cause damage to the brain, for example, those with major depressive disorder produce excess stress hormones.

Although it can be difficult to treat recurrent depressive episodes try a few activities below to help:

  • Try to be active and exercise.

  • Set realistic goals for yourself.

  • Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative.

  • Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.

  • There are many therapy options and medications to help fight depression. Seek out a licensed clinician or medical provider to begin a treatment plan.

Until next time stay motivated.

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