What Causes Depression In Your Brain? There’s A Pattern That Might Be Behind It

By on December 19, 2018
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Depression happens to the best of us. It’s not something we plan for, neither is it something that is preordained. Most of us tend to encounter periods of time where we fall into a bad mood or feel low, which is often a precursor for depression and anxiety.

While we’ve come to acknowledge and deal with these emotions as part of our daily lives, have you ever wondered what goes on in the brain when these fluctuations emotions take place? Understanding what it looks like is also important to deal with such mood fluctuation more effectively.

Scientists have identified a common pattern of brain activity behind bad mood, an advance that could help develop new therapies for depression and anxiety.
Most human brain research on mood disorders has relied on studies in which participants lie in a fMRI scanner and look at upsetting images or listen to sad stories.

These studies have helped scientists identify brain areas associated with emotion in healthy and depressed individuals, but they do not reveal much about the natural mood fluctuations that people experience over the course of a day or provide insight into the actual mechanisms of brain activity underlying mood.

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