Depression Isn’t A Choice, It’s A Kind Of Brain Damage

Depression Isnt A Choice

Some interesting statistics are available supporting the shrinkage of the hippocampus based on which researchers argue that such shrinkage parallels the change in the thinking process of people with depression. 

But, the important question is if it is difficult for someone with even a small percentage of reduction in the hippocampus to overcome negative thinking without the full capacity of their brain. 

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Change Your Outlook

The best antidote to depression is living in the present and connecting with the moment in the given situation.  

If you want to break free of a negative thought cycle, then you must first understand yourself. You need to realize your needs and wants and what you have and don’t have. The next step is acceptance!. Try to be grateful for whatever you have and accept it. No resentment, no regret, and no guilt. 

The main reason why fighting depression or any other mental health issue is hard because of the stigma attached to it. The best thing is to talk with your loved ones as much you can. They will be non-judgemental, moreover, they know you well and help you correct the negative view about yourself.

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Talking to your near and dear ones can boost your confidence and instill hope that you will beat the depression. When your mind is clouded, you can’t see the light, but people around can always guide you on the way.  

According to researchers, meditation and yoga are useful strategies that can sharpen your brain and help you think smarter. These practices enhance mindfulness that can improve the neural connectivity in the brain circuit. 

Related: How Yoga Benefits You Physically and Mentally

Depression in the United States

Today depression is a matter of grave concern across the world. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression as stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Talking about the United States, the suicide rate is growing by leaps and bounds. From 1999 to 2010 the suicide rate has increased by 25%. Suicide is highly prevalent among Americans ages 35-64. Every year around 8,00,000 people die due to suicide according to WHO. Further reports that spanned from 2007-2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that almost 8-12% of the population age 12 and above suffer from depression. 

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A few years ago, the public awareness about depression was very poor, and most used to think that this mental health issue is a lifestyle disease where people are just too weak to live or move ahead in life. Some had a misconception that Depression is a sign of mental weakness. 

Some still debate that depression is a disorder or disease. The fact remains that depression is a debilitating condition that drastically affects the lives of millions of people all over the world. It is a globally paralyzing factor contributing to deaths every year. 

Depression is more than just being sad, and it is not a symptom of weakness.  It isn’t discriminatory against race, gender, or ethnicity. It can affect anyone of any age and class, equally fatally.

Most importantly, depression is not a choice.


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64 thoughts on “Depression Isn’t A Choice, It’s A Kind Of Brain Damage”

  1. What a BS article. At no time did they tell how/if the “researches” proved that it was depression that *caused brain damage and not the other way around.

  2. I would like to include this article in the bibliography of my paper, but after I saw “astrology” on the main menu of this site, I don’t take seriously neither this article nor anything else posted in this site…. Come on guys! astrology?? are you serious :)))

  3. You’ve got to make a decision to either go on medication or heal yourself.I guess meds may work for some but I believe with the help of God and self determination that you are not going to let this ruin your life you can heal yourself.Some people are so sensitive that you even have to be careful what you eat and drink.A healthy lifestyle and everyday prayer is certainly a good start and distance yourself from negative people.

  4. The title is at odds with the content of the article, implying that depression is caused by brain damage, the opposite of what the article is about. A good editor is needed.

  5. Ive suffered with depression and other mental illnesses since very early childhood. I also used to get severely beaten by my mother everyday which included being punched in the face and head, thrown down stairs, head slammed against walls. I believe I have suffered brain damage because of all of this

    1. Thank you all. No I’ve not talked to my doctor about it. I have a chronic illness which makes,me very forgetful and absent so it is probably just that. If I get any worse I’m going to my docs as my memory and other cognitive functions are getting worse but it is probably just my illness x

    1. Very likely……it also permanently affected your brain chemistry. It became your “normal”. I’m speaking from my own research about my own experiences. Sadly, I can’t be “cured” but you can learn to live with it without wanting to die or kill someone.

    2. But cant you reverse the camestry with constant happyines for exemple…like if you had only good thing in your life for next 5 years woud youre brain start to work dofrently..

    3. With depression it isn’t easy to feel the “good” that is happening because your brain doesnt have enough endorphins to be able to “feel” happy. You know nothing bad is happening, but you don’t feel happy…..Your brain chemistry makes you feel in the depths of despair. It isn’t the same as PTSD, which can cause depression too. Basically, they say it’s “anger turned inward” as a result of being powerless to change a chronically negative situation that you can’t get out of.

  6. Lees de verdere commentaren. Ook ik heb net als mijn moeder en meerdere andere familieleden aanleg voor seizoensgebonden depressies. Ook ik heb gemerkt dat mindfullness en andere vormen van positief benaderen je helpt bij het helen van het brein. Neuroplasticiteit is een mogelijkheid om beschadigde delen in de hersenen te vervangen door nieuwe paden aan te maken. Dit is volgend mij de reden waarom we zoveel extra hersenweefsel hebben. Daar maken we maar beperkt gebruik van. Dat zouden we meer moeten doen!

  7. Sierra Raye Buccellato Did you know that your response was very predictable… I’m not psychic… arguing for ones position to reinforce their interpretation of their personal experience… What do you think that does to ones brain? You tell me not to assume of what you think I think of you, however you are assuming what you think of me in how I think of you… Best wishes to you…

  8. Deborah: First, feel free to hop the fuck off my comment and post your reply directly to the page. Second, if you’ll refer to my comment to Thomas, I clearly stated the damage is reversible. Third, fuck you for being so rude and condescending.

  9. The wiring from depression can also be changed through neuroplasticity – our brains can be changed. We don’t need to hold onto the belief our brains are permanently damaged through mental illness – we can set up new neural pathways through using our mind in a positive way. Those who are interested – have a read of Norman Doidge – The brain that changes itself.

  10. Bull shit people! Let’s stop right here and and consider the source of this article… Come on now, critical thinking… There is some truth to that, however there is more truth that can liberate you… Do you own research! Here is a hint. The brain has neuroplasticity… Choose what you want to do with that….

  11. I could have told you that!
    I have suffered from depression most of my life!being unhappy, afraid, unloved/afraid and drugged and afraid will make/keep anybody depressed!

    1. Meme – check out the Lightning Process – you can change your cycle of psychological issues and there is a way out of it that will allow you to live drug free and smile because life can be good!

    2. Meme, I feel ya. I been there… I still struggle. The feeling unloved, and being afraid. Taking the meds and still feeling afraid. I was taking Prozac for a few months last winter and have only been off them for 3 months. And though it helped, I feel myself slipping back into the same pattern, but afraid to live on those meds all my life. Its a never ending battle. And those who have never experienced it don’t understand it. Its hard to explain it to my family. I so desperately want to. Lots of Love and hugs for you. I do try to practice saying positive affirmations from time to time. And I try to surround myself with positive people. Good luck! <3

    3. Lara Darwish being afraid all the time because of your mother that does not give a shit about you until this day she is 80-I am 60! My mother beat (belt shoe broom) me at least once a week! Usually more! Hence AFRAID! And hard headed

    4. Damn Meme, why don’t you walk away from the monster? You actually don’t OWE her a thing, like we tend to believe. Free yourself from that hell. Hugs.

    5. And don’t let guilt make you stay. Its ok to walk away from a parent, relative, friend or foe if they aren’t there for your greater good.

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