Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Brain areas affected by depression

No Me Mireis!
No Me Mireis! (Photo credit: El Hermano Pila)

How would you describe depression? I tend to describe depression as a psychological, emotional, and physical disease. Here’s why:

  1. Psychological: depression is often characterized by how we perceive life and circumstances in our lives. For most people, depression becomes a reality when something troubling, stressful, or horrific occurs. For other people, their genetic make-up and life stressors led to depression.
  2. Emotional: Depression makes people cry, moody, irritable, negative, pessimistic, and a host of other things. For some people, they are nicer when depressed because it’s humbling. Quite frankly, some people need humbling! But in other cases, people become very hard to deal with because of their mood swings or pessimistic perspective about everything.
  3. Physiological: Depression has a great impact on our physical bodies. We feel tired/fatigued, experience multiple ailments, muscle tension, neck cramps, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and in some cases the flu.

Depression has been promoted as a biological disease with genetic components. While I agree with this, I’m not entirely sure I agree with the chemical balance theory, which states that we have low levels of serotonin in our brains when we become depressed. Research has shown very little evidence of this as true. However, I do believe that there are components of the brain that are affected by depression:

  1. Thalamus: Hunger and eating patterns ; sleep patterns; and hypervigilence
  2. Hypothalamus: mood and emotional expression; regulates energy level
  3. Amygdala: emotion center that deals with negative feels and emotional memories
  4. Pre-frontal cortex: thinking, social behavior, and personality. Sometimes its really difficult to concentrate when depressed and thinking slows down.

For a visual explanation of how depression affects the brain, click here.

As always, I wish you well

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States across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

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Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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