Can Depression Affect Memory?

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Depression is a mental condition that affects the whole body. Depression cripples a life. Depression makes it very difficult for their brains to do even the simplest tasks such as deciding what to eat for their next meal.

What happens to the brain when a person is depressed?

Yes, depression affects the brain and its memory. It is a sad fact that even in this modern age of advanced medical knowledge and technology, more than 350 million people worldwide live a depressed life. These people live with a heavy weight that sits on their chest and fogs their brain, causing their memory to fade.

Depression makes it very difficult for their brains to do even the simplest tasks such as deciding what to eat for their next meal.

What happens to the brain when a person is depressed?

Depression and the brain are interconnected. Dr Ananya Mandal, MD, explains in News Medical.net how hippocampus, the small region of the brain is closely associated with memory and spatial navigation. It is located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain, underneath the cortical surface and it regulates memory and emotions.

Depression reduces the size of the hippocampus

This part of the brain is the main part of the limbic system and becomes easily damaged when a person is affected by diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Damage of the hippocampus leads to memory loss and other memory problems associated with the diseases.

Depression reduces the size of the hippocampus

The website Healthline.com describes how depression can affect the brain and cause memory loss. Depression creates immediate impact on the brain, which is shown outside of the body in the long run.

Depression affects the body and mind

Depression affects the brain

Several studies have revealed that chronic depression causes reduction in size of the hippocampus and leads to further episodes of depression. Studies have also shown that some are born with reduced size of the hippocampus, which causes them more depressions and changes in emotions.

Depression affects the body and mind

According to a report from the Daily Health Post, depression affects brain cell communication, reduces the production of serotonin and affects the functions of the body.

Serotonin is vital for brain health because it stimulates growth of new neurons in the brain. If it is reduced in production it will affect the learning process, impair memory, cause insomnia, and lead to sudden changes in moods.

Depression is a disease. It has to be taken care of right from the beginning.

(My original article published on fullofknowledge.com)

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Affects, Brain Function, Depression, Emotions, Hippocampus, Memory

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author avatar snerfu
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Nice article on depression. In the way you have put the whole thing, everything is so clear.

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author avatar vpaulose
1st May 2015 (#)

We try to suppress depression with drugs. It is dangerous.

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author avatar snerfu
1st May 2015 (#)

Maybe speech and interaction method will be more effective.

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author avatar SunnyJasrotia
29th Apr 2015 (#)

So nice info.. Very useful for me. And plz tell ideas on How to cope with depression .
Thanks

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author avatar vpaulose
1st May 2015 (#)

Thank you for the comment

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author avatar writestuff
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks so much for this informative post. It sheds more light on some of my Parkinson condition.

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author avatar vpaulose
1st May 2015 (#)

Encouraging words. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
12th May 2015 (#)

Great article.

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