Where does depression come from? Why is it classified as a disease?

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Where does depression come from? Why is it classified as a disease?

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Why wouldn’t it be classified as a disease? When your pancreas stops producing hormones it’s classified as a disease; when your brain stops making neurotransmitters, how is that any different?

It is an imbalance in the chemicals in your brain. It is not just sadness. You can’t just get over it. That would be like telling a diabetic to get over it.

It is a disease like diabetes is a disease due to the imbalance of insulin.

It’s a disease because it has a large negative impact on the patient’s life.

The “chemical imbalances” thing isn’t baseless, but it’s not as complete a picture as people like to imply it is.

I’m not sure why people are so insistent on the chemical imbalance idea. Maybe it’s because they’re worried people won’t perceive it as a “real illness”, maybe it’s because it lets them pretend that exercise and eating well wouldn’t help.

Depression generally starts from sadness, and then it causes itself.

For instance, say your dog died. You get sad, call in sick for a couple days at work and neglect your college schoolwork a bit. You also haven’t cleaned your house in that time frame.

During the time it’d take to fix your schoolwork, you’re also trying to pick up extra hours at your job to make up for those lost days. Unfortunately, you are losing a TON of sleep, your house is getting worse, and it’s making you incredibly anxious. The lack of sleep impacts your schoolwork and your work ethic, and you slip behind again.

This happens repeatedly, because our world isn’t very kind to those who can’t keep up. I mean, the only difference between me and a homeless person is that I can afford to pay my rent this month.

Establishing it as a disease is actually incredibly helpful to our society, since it’s something that often needs an outside influence before it gets resolved, and it’s something that can often get substantially worse.

When a person experiences a problem with the expected function of some part of their body, we call that a disease. That includes the brain.

Depression refers to a condition where an issue with the brain causes a person to feel extreme sadness, helplessness, or rejection. In depression, the feeling is far more extreme than the sort of typical emotional responses people have as a result of social interactions. Depression is more intense, and doesn’t rely social interaction to cause it (though that can certainly make it worse). It can very much make it difficult for a person to function.

What causes depression is quite complex. It had originally been thought to be related to abnormalities in the function of certain chemicals in the brain, and that certainly does play a part, but current understanding is that is also partially the result of a combination of biological, genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

Drugs that treat depression largely focus on altering the function of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain.