Depression is a common mental disorder and the leading cause of disability worldwide. The World Health Organization characterizes depression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world, affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men in the U.S will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lifetime.
The Cause of Depression
The exact causes of depression is unknown. However, mental health providers and scientists agree that depression is a brain disorder.
Many factors may contribute to the onset of depression, including genetic characteristics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical illnesses, stress, grief, or substance abuse. Any of these factors alone or in combination can bring about the specific changes in brain chemistry that lead to the many symptoms of depression and related conditions.
Also, sugar has been link to depression. In his bestseller, The Ultramind Solution, Mark Hyman, MD, writes:
“There is no scientific controversy here. The evidence is in. Sugar causes inflammation. The insulin-resistant fat cells you pack on when you eat too much sugar produces nasty inflammatory messages (cytokines) … spreading their damage to the brain. In fact, researchers have suggested calling depression “metabolic syndrome Type II” because instead of just having a fat swollen belly, you also get a fat swollen (and depressed) brain. And psychiatrists are starting to treat depression and psychiatric disorders with anti-diabetic drugs like Actos! These drugs lower blood sugar, lower insulin, and reduce inflammation.”
Major Depression is a brain disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily
Constantly feeling depressed?
I recommend that you talk with your doctor immediately.
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