The Link between Depression and Inflammation

With the ever present drone of the digital age, clinical depression is on the rise. Trends continue to show a sharp increase in the diagnosis and the subsequent treatment of depression. Why is this on the rise? The answer is not always simple, but we likely have elements of misdiagnosis, or even intentional misdiagnosis related to the money from pharmaceutical influences. Other reasons are perhaps less sinister and go to the core of our physical response to illness, such as inflammation.

Recent research has shown that there may be a linkage between the growth in depression and inflammation. This new theory suggests that stressful events in your life like sickness, losing your job, or moving may prompt a physical response that actually alters the brain and subsequently brain function.

Elements of the reaction to stress are simply the body’s healing response, but over a prolonged period of time may lead to depression and often chronic versions of this mental health phenomenon. This development is both enlightening and frightening.

If this is true, as these new studies indicate, then it stands to reason that anti-inflammatory medicines and supplements could prove helpful in treating depression symptoms. While more research is required, this is a promising find for depression sufferers.

As has been discussed on this site for quite some time, inflammation is a central cause and variable in many, of our most serious ailments.

According to the highly regarding natural health expert, Dr. Weil: “Inflammation is the cornerstone of the body's healing response. It is the process by which the immune system delivers more nourishment and more defensive activity to an area that is injured or under attack. But inflammation is so powerful and so potentially destructive that it must stay where it is supposed to be and end when it is supposed to end; otherwise it damages the body and causes disease.”

Clearly, it behooves us to do everything we can to mitigate inflammation. This means being proactive in our diets and being aware of the things that lead to the unwanted problems.


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