Depression - Part 1: What Causes Depressed Feelings?

John Gray

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.

Many people consider mental illness in the abstract -- an affliction outside the realm of possibility in their own lives -- the sad reality is that these disorders are distressingly common. When you think depression, you normally think of something who is feeling low, lagging in energy and sleeping a lot. However, d
epression affects people in different ways and there are no standard set of symptoms to fit everyone.

For many years, most mental health researchers believed that depression was only caused by a "chemical imbalance" of neurotransmitters in the brain. However, modern research has revealed that depression is brought on by a diverse cocktail of causes that includes nerve cell and nerve circuitry problems, genetic predisposition, stressful life events, certain medications, and underlying medical issues.

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  • midourichboy91
     10/10/2014 7:47:58 PM
    hello Dr. Gray , i'am ahmed ghassan from tunisia i have bipolar disorder & manic depression since 2009 i tried everything from pills such as , zoloft , depakine, anafranil 75mg, everything sport , yoga nothing helps really , i'm feeling that my brain will explode i feel tired i can not focus on anything even in my work and i'm getting agressive all the time really i think i'm going to die soon from this mental disorder i wish i can contact you it's urgent i can't handle mysel anymore please i will lose everything even my job i'm 23 years old and my life is going to disaster this is my number 0021623755241 if you can call me it is urgent and thnx . ...
  • Rich43
     11/16/2013 1:50:27 AM
    Dr. Gray, thank you so much for your work not only with relationships but now with helping us have better health so we can have good relations. I am grateful for your knowledge and willingness to teach us. As I listen to your on-line health topic videos, I take notes - lots of notes. I would love to see you develop bullet lists for these mini-lessons, especially listing which supplements to use for the condition. I could learn faster and there are lots of topics I want to learn about. Do you have anything like this?...

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