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Chemical Causes Of Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Inflammation: Some research suggests inflammation as a possible cost for depression and anxiety.possibilities ranging from infections, such as the flu, to diets high in sugar and trans fats, to bullying and loneliness and legal hidden ingredient in most of our foods. My experience has been they are associated with high winds, pollen and ozone. ...Read more
Medically,which are root causes of nervousness and depression?is it imbalance of nuro-transmiters??if yesthenwhy?
Teen depression: Teen depression can occur as a result of genetics, long standing pessimism, trauma, self-esteem difficulties and an overall negative view of self, the world and the future.cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness may help improve / resolve these difficulties. Assistance from family is also very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: Risk for developing depression & anxiety may involve the combination of multiple genes with environmental and other factors. Family history of depression & anxiety is commonly found with women w/these disorders, but isn't a hard or fast rule. Losing a parent before age 10, hormonal changes throughout life, current losses, medical illnesses, & life & relationship stresses all can contribute. ...Read more
Therapy Works: Psychotherapy is not magic, but it is effective in helping the individual to discover the emotional, cognitive, and environmental factors that are impacting their life. Finding a qualified psychologist whom you can establish rapport will help you discern what changes will best equip you to manage your depression. The causes are too many to list, and possibly yet to be discovered, but therapy works. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genes & Environment: Complex process: research suggests that part i of gad is a heritable, but nonspecific tendency to manifest an emotional disorder. However, a psychological vulnerability, stress due to life events, the process of anxiety across multiple domains are also required for worry to be the predominant coping mechanism. See barlow (2002) anxiety and is disorders for a beautiful, research supported overview. ...Read more
Masochism: "masochism" has many meanings, from a self-defeating way of behaving with others, to a sexual perversion. Van der kolk speaks of compulsion to repeat a trauma, in people who have been violated or brutalized. The original trauma doesn't always have to be physical, but can be acted out that way. It can be a way of connecting with others, through suffering. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2664732. ...Read more
Not one chemical: There is tremendous debate on the causative agent of alcohol. Most people think that it is a combination of factors, including the production of acetaldehyde (a metabolite of alcohol), congeners in different drinks (more hangovers with red than white wine, more with whiskey than with vodka/gin, and probably hereditary or acquired personal differences - severe in some, mild or absent in others. ...Read more
Extreme lack of motivation (not depression). Chemical imbalance in brain, hormones, or psychological problem?
Several Possibilitie: Alcohol cause chemical brain imbalance and is a depressant. Certain medications and recreational drugs (marijuana) and depression can result in lack of motivation. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Hormones can certainly do it, as well. Get a check up with pcp and ask for referral for a psychological evaluation. That is the best way to get answers of this type. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medically: Depression can related to neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain (serotonin, norepinephrine, or dopamine), hormone imbalances (estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid), genetic predisposition to mood disorders, head injuries, dealing with major stressors to include loss, alcohol or drug use and may occur as a side effect to some medications. ...Read more
Not quite yet: There is evidence that inflammation in the body -- evidenced by high c-reactive protein and other cytokines -- may be linked to depression. It's also possible that depression itself may increase inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body's healing response, and it's important to keep it where it needs to be & not overtake the entire organism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21927805. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nature and Nurture: It really depends on the disorder that you are talking about, but generally it is a combination of biology and outside circumstances. ...Read more
The short answer: Currently, it is believed that they are caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and social, environmental factors and events. Usually a person predisposed to anxiety and depression will have difficulties adjusting to change and will not be emotionally resilient. That means can not recover quickly after a sad or challenging event. Tx: learn how to better cope, with/ without medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lack of emotions: Depression is one cause of disconnection from emotions. Also the numbing phase of ptsd is another. Some people with dissociative disorders experience a lack of emotions. Some psychotic people are disconnected from emotions as well. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist about your concerns. ...Read more
Causes and symptoms: Depression can result from stressors, chronic stress, substances, genetics, among other things. Major depressive episode consists of 4 of the following symptoms lasting greater than two weeks: depressed mood, changes in sleep, lower energy, poor concentration, changes in appetite, feelings of too much guilt, inability to enjoy, moving slower or too fast, racing thoughts, and suicidal thoughts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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