What Is Neurospychology and How Can It Help Treat Depression?

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When I'm sitting with a patient who is coming in having struggled with depression, there are a number of things that we want to be able to look at. One is from a more historical view, have they struggled with depression before, is this something that happens frequently? Is there something thats maybe happened in their life to trigger the depression? Even if it isn't what the cause is.

But beyond that we know things about how our brain responds to life in general or events that come up that allow us to be more or less resilient and allow us to be able to have emotional recovery even if we're still struggling with sadness. When you're looking at depression, it's basically your body's way of saying, Okay, I can't seem to recover from this and I need some help moving forward.

When a patient comes in and sees someone who knows and can help the patient understand more about what their brain does in depression how it is that your nervous system is wired to either be sort of more withdrawn, have more negative outlook on life, to have less curiosity, less energy to be with others which are some of the hallmarks of depression.

Understanding where that tends to dwell in the brain, in terms of the brain pathways and systems and structures, and then knowing what it is you're aiming for, which areas you're looking to shift to and move to. So, it's not just a matter of think happy thoughts, it's really this part of your nervous system is a little too active let's see if we can back off of that and increase with a variety of methods, having more of the positive outlook and approach behaviors rather than withdrawal behaviors.