Shocking differences between a depressed person's body and a happy persons body
Published on November 4, 2017
by Christina Sarich
It doesn’t take Dr Fred Gage, a famous neuroscientist at the noted Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, to tell us what depression looks like. What it looks like PHYSIOLOGICALLY, though, is startling.
Dr Gage discovered the human brain continues to produce new brain cells after birth, and thank goodness. Without that little piece of info, we’d be relegated to a depressed and anxious state forever – BUT armed with some additional key information, we’ll likely all be motivated to reclaim our happiness instead of writing a hormonally – induced hell forever.
The unfettered message in healing the body of depression is one of promise, but of ultimate responsibility taking. There may have been really big challenges which you have experienced in your life that helped to create your depressed or anxious state.
The great news is that just as devastating as depression can be to your overall health, the victorious rebirth of a happier, calmer, more ‘sane’ you can undo several decades of depression, but we must stop treating is like a “mental health” condition, or simply an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.
Aside from making you feel like yesterday’s garbage dumped out ion a hot summer’s black asphalt pavement, depression absolutely wrecks your physical health. Here’s how:
Depression isn’t a mental illness it’s a whole-body illness
Proven just recently by a team of researchers lead by the University of Granada, depression should be considered a systemic disease. This is because it effects ever single system of our body. People with depression are associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer not just higher rates of suicide. The lead author of this study is Sara Jiménez-Fernández, PhD student at the UGR and psychiatrist at the psychiatrist at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Jaén medical Centre (Jaén, Spain). Dr Fernández’s findings looking at depression in almost 4000 people, are eyebrow raising. The specific changes in a depressed person’s body compared to someone who is not depressed are startling:
Their cells deteriorate more quickly as measured by an increase in various oxidative stress parameters (especially malondialdehyde, a biomarker to measure the oxidative deterioration of the cell membrane)
Their bodies have fewer antioxidant substances such as uric acid, zinc, and superoxide dismutase enzyme.
Their autonomic nervous system fails to function properly.
Depressed people get poor sleep, or no sleep due to changes in their hormonal rhythms. Ample scientific research links poor sleep quality and duration to a host of other health issues ranging from obesity, to poor heart health to high blood pressure and increased incidence of diabetes. Poor sleep also contributes to increased stress hormones like cortisol that dampen our immune systems and create chronic inflammation – another physiological factor linked to depression.
Depressed people don’t respond well to anti-inflammatory medications.
Depressed people don’t respond well to many pharmacological medications, and may even become more depressed by taking them.
Depressed people have fewer nerve connections and impared communication in key areas of the brain.
The results of this study published in the Journal Clinical Psychiatry, expalins that the significant association between depression and other ailments, inlcuding cardiovasular diseases and cancer. The study also sheds light on why depresed people tend to live shorter life spans than happier people.
Simply throwing some chemnicals at the brain has failed drastically, as we evidenced by the continued rise on depression, and even its exacerbation in many cases. As scientists adopt a whole new approach to studying the whole body approach to depression and many other ailments we may see a decrease in this dis-ease that is plaguing more people, at younger ages, every year.
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