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What Goes On Inside A Depressed Person? - VIDEO



ASAP Science has a new explainer on depression.

Noting that the true causes of depression have yet to be pinned down precisely, the video explains the biological basis for depression and how the growth and connections of brain cells play a large roll.

It also considers the hereditary nature of depression and bipolar disorder - studies have shown that if one identical twin has bipolar disorder the other twin has a 60 to 80 percent chance of developing it too.

The video concludes with an introduction to depression in other species.


You can also read David Mixner's recent piece on his struggles with depression here.

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  1. Great segment. Although I believe in benefits from talk therapy, psychology underrates the importance of genetics, body chemistry and physiology in mental illness. Wonderful that the focus may change.

    Posted by: Markt | Aug 21, 2014 9:36:35 AM

  2. Too much on the medicine and not enough emphasis on the nature of the illness. There's way too much "cheer up" thinking in today's political debate to really get to the root of teenage suicides and other manifestations of depression. Despite what we'd like to think, anti-bullying campaigns are not going to reduce suicide rates for teens. Improvements in diet and exercise are more effective, and far less likely to be suggested.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 21, 2014 1:18:52 PM

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