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Re: Life is a chemical imbalance

Posted by SLS on July 12, 2005, at 9:42:08

In reply to Re: Life is a chemical imbalance SLS, posted by FredPotter on July 12, 2005, at 0:33:24

> Hi Scott So depression is a particular modality of imbalance.

I was talking specifically about MDD and BD.

> For a severe kind of imbalance that is brief and temporary

What kind, specifically? What triggered or is producing this depression?

> we need only listen to music, say something heavy on emotion such as a great aria from Tosca

For some people who describe themselves as being depressed, this is true, I'm sure.

For people who experience ultradian rapid cycling BD, their mood states change over the course of hours and not days or weeks. Nothing exogenous seems to interrupt this cycle. Their biology is autonomous and self-perpetuating.

One of the reasons it is so difficult to discuss the topic of "depression" is that this one word is used to describe many things. It means different things to different people, and people often generalize their own experience with it to those of others. What's more, the interaction between the brain and the mind is complex; the two being virtually inextricable. This is why psychotherapy or other exogenous influences can produce biological changes in the brain. These changes often help change the course of MDD. It can help bring about a remission, and is especially helpful to prevent relapse once remission is achieved.


- Scott

 

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