|Myers Counseling Group introduces you to our Fall 2016 Newsletter. This is the first of a three-part series on Our Brains and Mental Health. Included is information on how our brain responds to mental health issues, factors that contribute to our challenges, and strategies to overcome them. Myers Counseling will also bring you up to date on current information on brain research. Today’s article will be on depression.
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“The first 30 years of life you make your habits-
For the last 30 years of your life your habits make you“
Ancient Hindu saying
Depression and Our Brains
The human brain is a complex organ that has been studied for centuries. Its main job is to ensure our survival and it is always on the alert for danger and preparing for action, if needed. Each day seems to give us more information into its mysterious workings. The insight we have gained has given us ways to confront mental health issues such as depression.
Our responses to depression (symptoms) are often contributing factors in our descent into feeling more depressed. Whether it is because of an event (loss of job, death of loved one), a situation we find ourselves in (bad job, unhappy marriage), or just our genetic makeup, there are clusters of symptoms that result from feeling depressed. These would include: depressed mood most of day, decrease interest or pleasure in most activities, change in sleep pattern, feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, and diminished ability to concentrate (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association). Once we allow ourselves to succumb to these symptoms, this allows the symptoms to intensify, directing us into a further decent into depression.
The huiman brain is the main organ center in our nervous system. It is referred to as our command center and is arguably the most important part of our body. Within our brain, lays an intricate wiring system…(click for more)