Posted by FredPotter on June 10, 2007, at 15:49:55
In reply to Re: Depression is unfortunate brain chemistry, posted by Squiggles on June 9, 2007, at 15:39:20
I'm reading "Against Depression" by Peter D, Kramer (the author of Listening to Prozac). A lot has happened in our understanding of depression in the last 10 years.viz depressed people have fewer glia cells in the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus is shrunk. It seems these things may predispose to depression, requiring some kind of "stress" for its realisation, but it also seems these features are themselves worsened (further damaged) by depressive episodes making the episodes more likely as we get older.
During the decade unequivocal evidence for neuron regeneration has been discovered, particularly in the hippocampus. So this is the good news, especially as serotonin, via the serotonin transporter leads to more BDNF which promotes neuron growth.
So at this rate, who knows what will have happened to treatment or prevention in 10 years time? I'm getting on in years so I'm mainly concerned over my children's future