Men and Depression

Newsweek has an excellent article on depression and men. The excerpts below actually apply to depression in general, and the articles are worth reading regardless of gender.

For decades, scientists believed the main cause of depression was low levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Newer research, however, focuses on the nerve cells themselves and how the brain’s circuitry can be permanently damaged by hyperactive stress responses, brought on by genetic predisposition, prolonged exposure to stress or even a single traumatic event. “When the stress responses are stuck in the ‘on’ position, that has a negative effect on mood regulation overall,” says Dr. Michael C. Miller, editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. A depressed brain is not necessarily underproducing something, says Dr. Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health — it’s doing too much.

Julie Scelfo, Men and Depression: Facing Darkness

In one recent study at Columbia University, researchers found that rates of anxiety disorders and depression were three times as high among the adult children of depressed parents as they were among people whose parents were not depressed. Adult children of depressed parents also reported about five times the rate of cardiovascular disease — a sign that emotional disorders affect more than mood.

Barbara Kantrowitz, ‘I Never Knew What to Expect’

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One Comment on “Men and Depression”

  1. Brenda Says:

    I’m definitely going to need to read more about both of these articles. Very interesting to me, a child of a depressed parent, who has struggled with anxiety and depression of her own.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂