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In your reply posts, share how various treatments may improve the physiology of the disorders discussed. Since these are common disorders, you may choose to share personal experiences. If so, keep the information you share confidential and do not share names or identifying information of others.

Marissa Dale-Gibeau 

Physiology and Treatment of Depression/Anxiety


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I was told by a childhood therapist that in simple terms depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. One specific that I had been lacking was serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that controls sexual drive, aggression, mood, etc. Studies have shown that the lack of this neurotransmitter can cause depression. So it goes hand in hand. So with this specific neurotransmitter it is not affected by depression, but the total opposite. However, there are more neurotransmitters affected by depression, such as dopamine. This allows one to find pleasure in certain activities or possible feel a sense of achievement, but when this is lacking that pleasure isn’t there.

Depression completely changes the neuron function in the brain. When someone is depressed the levels of cortisol is increased and these elevated levels will slow the production of neurons. With the lack of neurons there may not be a resting period between neurons, neurotransmitters and the synapses. Once the message is sent from one neuron they need a resting period. A pause if you will. So in conclusion, there are many functions that are affected by depression and if you ever find yourself depressed I have been there. You can reach out to me and we can talk. You are never alone.

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