The Science of Depression

Patients with lymphoma will often experience depression. But what exactly is depression? Is there a biological basis? In this informative video from AsapSCIENCE, viewers learn that the brain and genetics play very important roles in depression development.

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Depression is not something that one can simply “snap out of” or “get over.” Studies have shown that specific areas of the brain are affected when a person suffers from depression. In particular, the hippocampus is markedly smaller in people who have depression than those who don’t and it continues to get smaller the longer a person is depressed.

It is now believed that depression is genetic. In fact, many genes have been identified that could increase the likelihood of developing depression.

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